Research into Conductive Education services in South Africa

Another Alert from Google about a masters’ thesis completed in 2015 has reminded me about an ongoing project in South Africa.

In September 2003 after an initial investigation into the needs of the Sizanani Children’s Home in South Africa, Conductive Education was introduced in two phases and by 2005 was available to all the children,  and as far as I know it is still part of the work there.

Since then there have been a number of publications and student research reports about this project.

Publications

Vermeer, A, et al (2006) Effects of Conductive Education in a home for children with developmental disabilities. Recent Advances in Conductive Education, 4(2), pp.9-20.

Vermeer, A.  and  Templeman, H. eds. (2006) Health Care in Rural South Africa: an innovative approach. Amsterdam: VU University Press,  (pp. 132-146)

Magyarszeky, Z. and Vermeer, A. eds. (2014) Disability Care in Africa: Community-Based Rehabilitation in Rural Regions. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit

Postgraduate studies

Six theses  have been submitted to the University of Utrecht for Masters degrees,  2010 – 2015.

2010

Mathot, A. The evaluation of the Conductive Education program and the Cognitive Stimulation program in a home for children with developmental disabilities in a rural area of South Africa.Masters. University of Utrecht, Netherlands

http://bit.ly/RWI9ts

Vos, R.V. and Westrhenen, N. van  The evaluation of the Conductive Education program and the implementation of a Cognitive Stimulation program in a home for children with developmental disabilities in a rural area of South Africa. Masters. University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

http://bit.ly/1koNpkY

Velzen, J.M. and van Mathot, A.F. The evaluation of the Conductive Education program and the Cognitive Stimulation program in a home for children with developmental disabilities in a rural area in South Africa.   Masters. University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

http://bit.ly/1gXlrxo

2011

Flesch, Kathrin. Evaluation of a cognitive play intervention in children with profound multiple disabilities at a children’s home in South Africa.  Masters. University of Utrecht, Netherlands

http://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/279060

 2012

Twilhaar, S. Evaluation of a Conductive Education intervention for children with profound multiple disabilities in a residential children’s home in South Africa.  Masters. University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

http://bit.ly/1mIuMqE

2015

Spek, A. An Evaluation of Conductive Education for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders in a Residential Home in South Africa.  Masters. University of Utrecht, Netherlands

http://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/313617

 

This is quite usual in other fields, but unusual in Conductive  Education. As far as I know, it has been a long time since a number of studies  came out of the same project.

 

 

One comment on “Research into Conductive Education services in South Africa

  1. Andrew Sutton June 26, 2015 4:20 pm

    This project in South Africa is quite a remarkable effort and, yes, such extensive enquiry and dissemination is common in the professional and academic worlds. One may or may or not agree with what has been done at Sizanani, with how it has been evaluated, and even how it is reported, but if work is properly published then at least others might learn from considering and discussing it – and the trade may inch its way slowly forward. If not…

    And substantively, this work at Sizanani does represent a very serious and protracted endeavour to achieve conductive benefit in a context very much needing it.There are things that we might learn from that in the developed world too.

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