Month: November 2014

Recent Advances in Conductive Education

At Conductive Education Press we are preparing another book for publication. This is taking longer than we thought as facts and figures need checking and verifying. In the process I have been looking at the journal, Recent Advances in Conductive Education, published by Foundation for Conductive Education from 2001-2009. As stated in the editorial of the first issue, the aim was to offer a platform to

everyone everywhere who has a serious contribution to make for the advancement and cause of Conductive Education, written according to usual academic standards.

Over its 8 year life 90 items – editorials, articles, book reviews, bibliographies  and a conference report were published. These covered all aspects of Conductive Education including history, philosophy, practice, families, adults, children, training, development, information technology and contributors included conductors, parents, researchers, lecturers, service users, and students. For example, the contents of vol.5, no.2, 2006, are

Andrew Sutton, Editorial: steps towards a conductive literature, pp.49-50.

Rony Schenker, The five Fs: cornerstones for success − Tsad Kadima (a step forward) − a case study, pp.51-55.

Jack Wiley, Maysaa Mahmood, Cyrus Jackson, Conductive Education in cerebral palsy: a programme evaluation of the Individual Achievements Association, pp.56-76.

Laura Jones, Roles and responsibilities of teacher-conductors working within three special schools in England and Australia, pp.77-86.

Amanda Elliott, Challenge me! Mobility Activity Cards, pp.87-89.

Simon Welch, Development and expansion of Conductive Education outreach services at Megan Baker House, pp.90-95.

 I was involved in the production and editing, and looking back now I can see that we achieved more than we hoped was possible at the start. Unfortunately it ceased publication in 2009 as it was becoming very difficult to find contributions and contributors but it remains the only serious journal ever to be published on Conductive Education.

The journal had a small number of subscribers but as it was registered and had an International  Standard Serial Number (ISSN 1476-2374) it was sent to British Library for them to archive and supply copies of articles, as and when requested. A complete run should also be available at the National Library of Conductive Education in Birmingham.

I wonder how many people are aware of and use  this valuable resource?

Do let me know!

Technical problems with Conduction’s website

Conduction’s website has gone AWOL

(Absent Without Leave)

 Click to the site and you will read –

Not Found, Error 404

The page you are looking for no longer exists or no items met your search criteria.

Also not available therefore are well-used sub-sites:

 The Conductive Post

 Virtual Library of Conductive Education

 Conductive Education Press

For technical reasons, however, some are still live:

 Intelligent Love (world map of where conductors work)

 Conductive Education Information:

Normal services will be resumed as soon as possible!

Pioneer doctor and expert on cerebral palsy dies

Yesterday I read about the death of Eugene Bleck, aged 91, an American doctor who worked in orthopedics and wrote about cerebral palsy. Several of his books are in the National Library of Conductive Education and were well used by students and staff alike.

The obituary states:

Bleck’s professional accomplishments were numerous: He was a founding member of a pediatric orthopedics study group, which became the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and served as president of the society, as well as of the American Orthopedic Association and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

He worked in private practice:

While a resident in orthopedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center, Bleck wrote his first scholarly book, An Atlas of Plaster Cast Techniques. It became an instant classic, Rinsky said. Bleck and his wife, Anne, moved to San Mateo in 1955, and Bleck established a private practice that was increasingly focused on care for children with cerebral palsy. His book, The Orthopaedic Treatment of Cerebral Palsy, published in 1979, established Bleck as the top expert in that field. The book is still in print and considered a respected comprehensive reference source to be read “cover to cover,” according to a 2009 review in the Journal of American Medical Association. He was also the author of four other books on cerebral palsy and 85 publications in refereed journals.

He leaves a substantial legacy of publications, all of which are still relevant and have much to offer those working  with children with cerebral palsy, particularly Physically Handicapped Children: A Medical Atlas for Teachers.

Some titles are currently available second-hand on Amazon and Abe Books at reasonable prices.

Finding old material from the Internet

Today I read a news story about ‘digital archaeology’ on the web. Digital archaeology is a term given to outdated and retro gadgets and sites, and this article was reporting on items still on the web  since 1996, some of which are still being updated.  For example, a Robert De Niro fan page has survived for 15 years.

It also mentions The Wayback Machine which stores archived pages and screen grabs.

For some time now I have been using this resource to check facts and figures for Conductive Education. It is possible to search the Way Back Machine by inserting the URL for the centre or organisation that you want. For example, putting in brings up over 4,000 hits.

It is comforting to know that in this age of on with the new and forget the old, it is possible to find out things about Conductive Education’s history, that some of it is preserved and some things, such as dates and events, development of websites, can be checked.

But a lot is probably gone forever which reminds us  that we  still need the traditional methods of recording information such as books, journals and personal archives.