Month: April 2014

Reuven Feuerstein and Conductive Education

The death of Reuven Feuerstein, a very special educator in every sense, has been announced today. His  educational theories are considered analogous to Conductive Education and there are several publications which record his  connections with CE.

These are listed here:

 Feuerstein, R. (2008) Conductive Education and Structural Cognitive Modifiability. Recent Advances in Conductive Education, 7(1), pp.5-8.

Feuerstein, R. (2012) Foreword: The matchmaker. In Maguire, G. and Sutton, A., ed.  András Pető. Birmingham: Conductive Education Press, pp.xix-xxii.

LeBeer, J. (1995) Conductive Education and the mediated learning experience theory of Feuerstein. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 10(2), pp.124-137.

Sutton, A. (2013) Reuven Feuerstein: crossing paths. Conductive World, 29 September.

New Additions to the Virtual Library Catalogue

Another 19 items have been added to the catalogue making a total of 484 entries.

Included this time is a good mixture of journal articles, a book review, website articles, conference papers, school reports and newspaper articles.

Parental experience of participation in physical therapy for children with physical disabilities
Jansen, L., and others
Journal article

Researching Conductive Education
Schenker, R. and Sutton, A.
Letter to journal

The role of the family in intervention of infants at high risk of cerebral palsy: a systematic analysis
Dirks, T. and Hadders-Algra, M.
Journal article

Articles of Association
European Conductive Association (ECA)
Website document

Role of Conductive Education on gait in hemiplegic cerebral palsy
Khaled A. Olama and Hala I. Kassem
Journal article

Conductive education approaches to cerebral palsy.
D. Patriquin
Journal article (Awaiting info – no URL)

The professional profile of the conductor practising in New Zealand
New Zealand Conductors’ Association
Website document

Professional profile; the conductor
European Conductive Association
Website document
Rating report: [Tsad Kadima]

An insight into Conductive Education
M. Brown
Journal article

Adapting Conductive Education in Canada
pdf document

Conductive Education
Northern Ireland Assembly
Private Members Business Assembly Debate

Paces High Green School for Conductive Education; school report

How has Conductive Education helped your child?
Discussion Forum postings

Conductive Education helps disabled stand taller, muscles, music and motivation
Newspaper article

Conductive education, young children, motor disorder and good practice.
Journal article

Enigmatic ‘miracle man’ helped the ‘incurable’
Book review

Conductive Education evaluated: future directions
L French and A. Nommensen
Journal article

UK 2000: tectonic shift
A. Sutton
Conference paper

Good news for The Rainbow Centre

A few weeks ago The Rainbow Centre in Hampshire UK, announced that it had a funding crisis and  needed £150,000 to stay open or would close after Easter.

I have just read a press release on their website announcing that enough funds have been raised to keep the centre operating until the end of May.

The Rainbow Centre Director, Lara Bull comment:

Whilst funding for April and May is secure it is important that the momentum for the appeal continues to ensure that the Centre’s conservative target of £150,000 is reached.  This  crisis appeal is about buying The Rainbow Centre  time to ensure that everyone’s hard work and effort has a long lasting effect.

We will have to wait and see what happens after that.

It is a shame about this new blog on Conductive Education

Over the past twenty years or so I have observed Conductive Education practice, read books and articles, watched films and talked to conductors.

Recently a  new website has appeared on the Internet  and this doesn’t fit in with what I have learnt about Conductive Education in that time. All sorts of bits seem to have been cut and pasted in with no thought of copyright or even relevance.

This website is full of  drivel about CE and therefore spoils CE’s reputation whilst misleading those who want to learn. It looks to be of US origin and I wonder what those who have fought and worked hard to establish CE in the US think about this site, which seems to be mainly there as a platform for all sorts of adverts.

Norman Perrin says it all very succinctly on his blog


I absolutely agree.




Let’s meet again…and again

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted”.

Meetings, who likes them? Who thinks they are productive? We have all been involved in meetings to make plans, solve problems and look at the future etc. How often are they worth the time and effort?

This morning an alert arrived in my inbox covering this very topic.

It makes interesting reading and I thought it might be useful for all of us having meetings at all levels of importance.

I have looked on the internet for other sources of advice and information and found the following, you may find more

This one says it all in a nutshell!


Apparently, it all depends on the leader, the participants and the agenda, as if we didn’t know!

I also looked up some quotes about meetings and this is one that really hits home.

Employees hate meetings because they reveal that self-promotion, sycophancy, dissimulation and constantly talking nonsense in a loud confident voice are more impressive than merely being good at the job – and it is depressing to lack these skills but even more depressing to discover one’s self using them. 
― Michael FoleyEmbracing the Ordinary: Lessons From the Champions of Everyday Life