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New Conductive Education services for US

A new year starts today and I am pleased to be able to let you know about some new services for children provided by Second Chance CE that will start in March 2017.

Second Chance CE was primarily set up to offer Conductive Education Sessions for Adults in the Massachusetts and New England areas. However after receiving numerous requests by parents looking for CE services in the area for their young children, we are pleased to announce that we will also be offering Regular CE Sessions for Toddlers and Children, starting March 2017.

Those interested can attend one of the free meetings with Maria Heine arranged  from  January 10th – January 18th.

 

For further information please go to

https://secondchancece-blog.com/author/secondchancece/

 

Result of the search for Wisconsin research video

A few weeks ago I posted about one of the first  research projects into Conductive Education, headed by Laird Heal at Wisconsin University in the United States, and  published in 4 volumes in 1972.

http://e-conduction.org/ceinformation/laird-heal-and-evaluating-the-integrated-management-of-cerebral-palsy/

In  Volume 1 there is mention of an hour long video tape that could be purchased.  In the hope that it might still be available I wrote to the Library and asked. Eric Jennings, Outreach Coordinator & Instruction Librarian, responded very quickly and told me that he would check this out with the help of his colleagues.

On Friday I received an email regretfully reporting their  failure to find any trace of it. After such a long time it is not surprising as libraries need to constantly ‘weed’ their stock due to restricted space, and technology has moved on somewhat – I think I may be one of the few people who still has a working video player! Also the university was not involved in Conductive Education again.

Still, at least we all had a good go at tracing it and he said if it did turn up at a later date he would let me know.

Libraries cannot keep everything forever. This shows how important it is to keep safe Conductive Education material in all formats  for the future  and any equipment needed to access it.

If by any chance someone has a copy of this or has watched it, please do let me know!

Laird Heal and Evaluating The Integrated Management of Cerebral Palsy

Last summer I did a posting on Sylvia Kottler, an early pioneer into Conductive Education in the US and the papers she wrote. This led to Andrew Sutton  reminding me of a report of a research project on Conductive Education done  in Wisconsin, US, and published in 1972.

Since then I have been investigating the report and Laird Heal its author.

This is what I found.

In the late 1960s a US university professor, James House, visited the State Institute in Budapest and this was reported via an interview in Ideas of Today (Maas, 1968).

 In the Fall of 1968 a research project, The Integrated Management of Cerebral Palsy, funded by the US Office of Education, Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), was initiated and directed by Professor House, as reported by Heal in the acknowledgements of its published report:

 There would have been no IMCP project without the tenacity of its founder and original director, James B. House who overcame overwhelming obstacles in order to introduce Conductive Education to this country. The talent and energy of Margo House, the project’s original supervisor were also essential to the founding of the program. (Vol.1, p.i)

 

The ICMP project was funded to evaluate a program that replicated as nearly as possible the procedures used at the Institute of Movement Therapy in Budapest Hungary  (Vol.4, p.1)

Professor House left the project in 1970 for personal reasons and Laird Heal, an experimental psychologist (Vol.1, p.55 ) and associate professor of psychology, perhaps an unusual choice, took over from him.

It is interesting to note the following statement in the Introduction to the Report:

While the project had little contact with European centers for conductive education, it profited enormously from even this limited exposure. The accumulated months of training and consultation by Dr. Maria Hari and her staff at the Institute for Movement Therapy were an essential ingredient in the construction of the IMCP project. The consultation of Ester Cotton in London, England, was also extremely valuable. Finally, the three month sojourn of Margaret Parnwell gave the original staff daily contact with a consultant who had several years of first-hand experience with conductive education.(Vol.1, p.ii)

 Like many other research projects this one suffered a variety of problems, including a high turnover of staff, inadequate setting up, and premature winding down, but interestingly those involved still ended up believing Conductive Education was worth pursuing and the report concludes on a positive note.

 The staff ended the project as they had begun – believing firmly that the principles and procedures of conductive education are sound and that the effort to import them to this country should be pursued. This belief and the documented success of the procedures in other settings must be seen as persuasive arguments for the continuation of this pursuit. (Vol. 1, p.v)

 

The final report in 4 volumes was published in 1972.

Volume 1

Contains the preface, introductory section, the results, discussion and conclusions, references and raw data.

Volume 2

Contains Appendix A: IMCP Documentation Handbook .

Volume 3

Includes Appendix B: Field Test Report of the Eau Claire Functional Abilities Test and the Wolfe-Bluel Socialization Inventory

Volume 4

Is Appendix C: An Analysis of the Evaluation and Follow-up Data from the Institute for Movement Therapy in Budapest, Hungary.

Video material was also produced:

 In addition to these four volumes, Judith Sorenson, with the assistance of the staff, has made a one-hour half-inch Sony videotape that tells the story of the project. This tape is available from the Audio-visual department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. (Vol.1, p.iv )

I wonder if it is still possible to obtain a copy of this! I have written to the Eu Claire University in Wisconsin to ask.

 As is usual after a detailed piece of research, Heal published two articles, one in Exceptional Children in 1974 and another in Journal of Special Education in 1976, presenting the results and conclusions. (See reference details of these below). There is no trace any later publications about, or connections to Conductive Education for Laird Heal that I can find.

 Heal went on to become a Professor of Special Education, Social Work and Psychology at the University of Illinois and published books and articles about developmental disability. A list of these can be found at

http://65.54.113.26/Detail?entitytype=2&searchtype=2&id=10839134

Laird Heal died at the age of 65 on 21 November 1998 and a brief memorial notice was published in Inside Illinois, newsletter for the staff and faculty members, University Illinois Urbana and Champaign

http://news.illinois.edu/ii/98/981203.html

 

References

Heal, L.W. (1972) Evaluating an Integrated Approach to the Management of Cerebral Palsy. Vols.1-4. Eu Claire: Wisconsin University

Vol 1

http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED070235.pdf

Vol 2.

http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED070236.pdf

Vol 3

http://eric.ed.gov/?q=laird+w+heal&id=ED070237

Vol 4

http://eric.ed.gov/?q=laird+w+heal&id=ED070238

Heal. L.W. (1974) Evaluation of an integrated approach to the management of cerebral palsy. Exceptional Children, 40(6), pp.452-453.

Heal, L. W. (1976) The Comparison of intact groups using the analysis of covariance.Journal of Special Education, 10, 4, 427-36.

Maas, R. (1968) Breakthrough in Budapest: an interview with James House. Ideas of Today, 16, pp.110-114.

Conductive Education Awareness Events 2015

There will be a National Awareness Day in North America on February 19th. This will be the sixth year for the event –  now  a regular date on the calendar.

See the following links for more details

http://conductivelearningcenter.org/2015/02/nationalceday/

http://acena.org/news/national-conductive-education-day-2015/

I have also discovered that the UK is having a similar event but it will last a  week and runs from  7-14 March.  Events are in the planning stage as stated on CEPEG’s Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/cepeg.pca.conductive.education

I can no other mentions of it on the Internet so far.

 

It will be interesting to see what events are reported in the media in both cases.

Justin Herbst, Conductive Education graduate gives evidence to US Senate committee

Quite a few years ago I had contact with Patti Herbst when she started up the Conductive Education Center in Illinois with her husband, Chuck.. She had a son, Justin, with cerebral palsy and discovered Conductive Education which she was determined he would have. She wanted ‘independence for Justin’ and wrote about his journey in Intelligent Love, published by Conductive Education Press.

http://e-conduction.org/CEP/publications/intelligent-love/

Since then the center has gone from strength to strength and so has Justin. He attended Southern Illinois University and after graduating found employment with UPS (United Parcel Services).

Yesterday I received the latest ACENA Newsletter which reported on the US Senate Committee hearing on Fufilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-sufficiency for People with Disabilities.

http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=ff4d0969-5056-a032-521b-a692be939084&autoplay=true

This hearing took place on  September 2014, and  Justin gave evidence along with several others. His presentation can be downloaded as a pdf  and watched on the video.

Justin’s achievements  are a fantastic example of what Conductive Education can do to transform lives and enable those with cerebral palsy to achieve their potential. His hard work has paid off and he is now willing to stand up for others and put the case to the US government to update its disability policies, for the Government to make sure that true independence can become a reality.

Patti and Chuck, enormously proud of their son, are still working hard to make Conductive Education  better known, and practised in the US.

Nice one!

Expansion for centre in Florida

 

It is always great to have some good news to report and I received a Yahoo alert today with exactly that.

Conductive Education Center of Orlando, Florida has a bigger, better, new building that is three times larger than the previous one.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-conductive-education-center-orlando-20140902,0,7994103.story

This centre, opened in 2001,  is one of those that has managed to keep going for thirteen years and looks like continuing to do so. Its supporters have  made sure that

The new school was tailor-made for CECO at no cost by a group of local builders, vendors and donors.

and

Bathrooms feature stalls the size of walk-in showers, with room for wheelchairs and supportive equipment. Doors are designed with buttons or handles that the students can operate them. And classroom floors include both tile and carpet so students can get used to moving on different surfaces.

The extra space also means the school can expand its after school and summer programs and establish a program for young adults.

Congratulations to all concerned!

What is Conductive Education?

Today I received a Google Alert for Conductive Education which led me to a piece on CE produced by a legal firm in the US.
This is quite a long explanation of Conductive Education written in question and answer format for parents. It started well by saying that CE was not a therapy or a treatment as so many of such pieces do, what CE can do, how it is carried out by trained conductors, for example, but  went on to make  the common mistake of listing the five principles as the  basis of CE.
It seems to include many of the factors you would find if you did a search on the Internet to find out what CE is, and there are a large variety of explanations available to choose from. Some okay, most not terribly good and some downright inaccurate.
Have a look and see what you think.

Report in Spanish of Conductive Education in the US

A very unusual news item has been sent to me this weekend.

A Spanish language newspaper La Prensa Libre, has published a short report of Conductive Education services in Fayetteville,Arkansas, provided by United Cerebral Palsy.

A special education teacher in early childhood is quoted in the piece and although her name is Hungarian it is not clear that she is a conductor.

http://www.laprensanwa.com/2010/09/09/educacion-especial-puede-ayudar-a-ninos-con-dano-cerebral/

Award for Conductive Education centre founders

In California an award has been established to recognise the endeavours and successes of women entrpreneurs in the State and the winners for 2010 are listed at

http://www.womensinitiative.org/emails/wey_winners.html

Included on this list are the founders of the Avalon Academy in Burlingame, California. This centre was set up in 2005 by Annie Noolan, and Lynette Mullins, parents of children with cerebral palsy with Hungarian conductor Kinga Czengi.

More information about the centre can be found at

http://theavalonacademy.org/

Congratulations to all concerned!