Month: August 2012

Adding links to websites

Today I was asked for my permission to include a link to my blog on a website. Although it was very nice to be asked, there was no need as the site is in the public domain and anyone can link to it, for any purpose.
I am also happy for anyone to quote from it or use the information as long as they indicate where the information came from.

This made me think about just what is up on the Internet  that I am involved with:

There is:

  • this blog
  • my Virtual Library Catalogue and Document Depository
  • Conductive Education Press and the 4 books it has published.

The blog was started in 2008,  Conductive Education Press in 2009, and the Virtual Library in 2010

Not bad for a start!

Startling, but possibly good news

 Today I had the usual alerts for news items on not only Conductive Education but also cerebral palsy. Usually the cp ones tend to be about fundraising for various operations and therapies and plucky Jack or Jill can now ride a bike etc.

Today’s was a little different as it flagged up a small piece in The Daily News from Galveston.

It reports that scientists have found a way to overcome cerebral palsy in rabbits and are looking to establish the same method is safe for humans to try. The reporter writes:

Before human trials can begin, researchers must determine if the nanoparticle in this study is safe for humans, particularly children whose brains are developing.

There’s also the question of how long doctors have before cerebral palsy is irreversible in children. In most cases, cerebral palsy is diagnosed by the age of 2, but if newborns can be diagnosed and treated immediately, Kannan’s therapy might be invaluable to those young lives

It may also be used for other conditions:

The study’s scientists already anticipate pairing the treatment with stem cell therapy to regenerate damaged nerve tissue in the brain.

Not only would this help newborns with cerebral palsy, but could also help people with other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis

There is much more to do which will take a number of years, I would think, but does show how medical research is developing to give hope.

Two new publications on Conductive Education

The postman has been busy this week pushing parcels through my letterbox and I have been very pleased to receive copies of two new publications on Conductive Education for Conduction’s library.
The first is the proceedings of the Pető und Inklusion Kongress held  9-10 March 2012 in Rosenheim, Germany. This is a wonderful, colourful production including a detailed list of presentations, the presentations made, plus pictures of those presenting and those taking part in the podium discussions. A very good record of the event for future reference.

Referencing this has been quite difficult as the authors/editors are not clear, but the following should enable you to track it down or contact
Fortschritt Rosenheim e.V and Bundesverband der Koduktoren e.V (2012) Pető und Inklusion Kongress Rosenheim: dokumentation zum Kongress. Rosenheim: Fortschritt Rosenheime.V

An online version of the proceedings is also available at

The second is a chapter in a book produced by the Bliss Foundation in Hungary. This chapter relates Dévai Júlia’s experiences of working with Pető from 1947 to 1952 when his system was getting started and the Institute being established. An edited and annotated English version  of this will appear in  András Pető, the next publication of Conductive Education Press  – due out very soon.

Copies of this book can be obtained from the Bliss Foundation

Dévai, Júlia (2012) Egyszer volt, s ma is van: a sokarcú Pető – A konduktív nevelés kezdetei. In Kálmán, Z., ed. Negyedszázad a kommunikáció bűvöletében. Budapest: Bliss Alapítvány, pp.73-101.

Having two items published almost at the same time is unusual in Conductive Education and whilst increasing the number of things in Conduction’s Library they also contribute to the growing number of publications on Conductive Education generally.

It is interesting to note that both of these have been ‘self published’, that is not produced by a recognised ‘official’ publisher  and is no doubt a sign of the current financial times.
Let’s hope we can look forward to more appearing in 2012.