Month: February 2011

Why does this still happen?

Today I have been checking on reports of Conductive Education Awareness Day in North America (with little success, but that’s another blog to follow later)  and found something else  to report as often happens.

Warington Disability Partnership (in the North of England) is holding an exhibition as part of its Disability Awareness Day in July 2011 and has posted a list of exhibitors on the Internet.

Mention of Conductive Education led me to search the list and I found this:

Stick ‘n’ Step

Sarah Smithson , 0151 638 0888
Conductive education is a type of physiotherapy to help children learn how to move and communicate to the best of their ability.

Why, oh why, do we still keep seeing CE described as ‘a type of physiotherapy’? I have always been told that if its being carried out properly it certainly isn’t any sort of therapy, its an education system, and I am sure the conductors at this centre are doing it properly.

Am I wrong?

Please let me know.

North America Conductive Education Awareness Day 2011

Today is Conductive Education Awareness Day in North America. Andrew Sutton blogged its imminence earlier this month

and I hope it has gone well for all concerned.

Over the next few days  I will be looking for items about it on the Internet, just as I did last year. Most items found then referred to just three centres, so I hope there is more coverage this time, especially accurate and pertinent information.

We will see.

Over 200 now!

I have spent quite a bit of time entering more material into the virtual catalogue now at home on the Conduction website at

To me this is quite an achievement as so many searches and checks have to be made before an item is entered, that it takes nearly an hour to do half a dozen or so. I keep finding new ones so there will be no end to this process, I am sure.
My priority has been to get things up for all to find and see; this is a big clerical task. I realise that it may not be easy to navigate round the catalogue and I will  soon be able to revise the Help sheet to make it better, make searching and using the catalogue quicker and easier.  Please do let me know if you are experiencing problems so I can incorporate the solution into the Help sheet.  So far I have had only one piece of feedback and more would be very welcome – good or critical!

Let me tell you a story




Mallett, S. (2010) Let me tell you a story. Nürnberg: Conductor Nürnberg.

Susie Mallet published her booklet based on some of her blog postings in December. For more information about it  go to

As she lives in Germany I am acting as her UK postwoman and therefore I have some copies. If you wish to purchase a copy, please email her at 

with your details and she will invoice you, send me your UK address  and I will post a copy to you. This will be much cheaper and quicker than sending it from Germany.

The Conductive Post – a new service up and running

Conduction, think tank for the world of Conductive Education, has decided to bring

together online resource bases for those who use or seek to understand Conductive Education, those who work in it or help provide it, and anybody ‘outside’ who just wants to know.


As part of this aim, a few days ago a new service started for those interested in keeping up with blog postings on Conductive Education.

The Conductive Post has been created on Conduction’s website at

and this has  links to all the latest postings from various Conductive Education blogs in one place. The name of the blog and the first couple of sentences are shown in columns just like a newspaper, and a quick click on the picture above these, will take you to the blog so you can read the whole posting. The latest posting is always first, as the date shows.

Go and have a look.

This is the work of Andrew Sutton and Ben Foulger developed from an original idea from Ben. It is a wonderful service allowing access to the blogs from one place and gives a quick overall picture of current topics of interest to the bloggers. The blogs concerned are still  ‘owned’ by the bloggers, all the Conductive Post does is link to them.

One feature of the Conductive Post is the guest blogger column. This will contain postings by those who do not have a blog of therir own but would like to post now and again. This should make some interesting reading.

Why not have a go and submit a posting ?

Intelligent love

Graham, J, and others, ed. (2010) Intelligent love; parents’ action for Conductive Education. Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.

This is the third title to be published by Conductive Education Press, coming out in December in time for the World Congress in Hong Kong.
 I posted a blog at the time 

giving information about its contents, and it was also mentioned on Andrew Sutton’s blog.

whilst Susie Mallett has reproduced a chapter  contributed by a German family, that she translated in to English for the book, at

This book is one that we are particulary pleased with and we are sure you will understand why when you have read it. Comments are always most welcome.

Information in newspapers is not always right, is it

I check regularly for news items to include in my monthly list and have found this one today

This reports the work of the Centre for Independence through Conductive Education as described at a Rotary Club of Lake Zurich function. It starts with an explanation of cerebral palsy and how it occurs before or during birth due to lack of oxygen; this is not my understanding. No-one really knows what causes it, lack of oxygen may be only one possibility. It is important to get facts right as wrong information in one section of an article can cast doubt on the rest of the piece.
Most  journalists and those interviewed by them, do get things right, but  perhaps everyone should check their information carefully before making such statements as that mentioned above.