Month: September 2015

Long term fighter for Conductive Education in line for award

Brendan McConville has been fighting for Conductive Education in his native Northern Ireland for many years now. He established the Buddy Bear Trust in 1988 in Dungannon, and opened the Buddy Bear School in 1993.

As stated on the website:

The Buddy Bear Trust established local support cross community committees all over Ireland to raise awareness to the need of the children, to raise funds and to focus attention on the need to improve the provision for children with cerebral palsy both North and South of Ireland.

He goes forward as a Regional Winner for the ITV Fundraiser Award.

Brendan  was announced as the UTV Regional Winner and is now a finalist for the ITV Fundraiser Award at this year’s Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards – the UK’s biggest event for unsung heroes.

It is great to see his hard work and constant struggle acknowledged and I wish him good luck.


Dame Vera Lynn charity to change its name

The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy has announced that it will change its name, its logo, and launch a new website, on 21 September to become the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.

This has been decided to clarify the charity’s status. The charity was established in 2001 when Scope announced it would be unable to carry on funding the School for Parents at Ingfield Manor and since then has been raising money to enable parents to access Conductive Education for their children.

The chair of trustees explains that in fact the charity does not fund the school from a Trust fund as people seem to think

“For too many years there has been a misconception that Dame Vera has set aside a trust fund to finance the School for Parents service for children under five with cerebral palsy. In truth the charity has struggled financially and often turns away applications from other not-for-profit organisations for funding.”

Let’s hope the new branding and fundraising helps the charity to raise enough funds to keep supporting parents wishing to obtain Conductive Education for their children in West Sussex.

Pointing the way? Presentations at conferences

Over the years some papers at conferences have gradually changed from being written papers traditionally read out, into Powerpoint presentations. The main bullet points of the topic are on slides shown on a screen and these are expanded on verbally by the presenter. This means that there is no real record of what was said except the slides of the presentation (if kept and circulated) and thus details of many accounts of research, practice etc are technically lost.

Whilst looking for material to add to the virtual catalogue,  I have found a number of Powerpoint presentations concerning Conductive Education on the Internet and now there are 17 of these in the catalogue. I do wonder how useful these could be to those who were not there when they were presented and  would welcome your feedback .

Do you think the limited information included is helpful?

Is knowing who talked about what useful?

Is it a good idea to continue adding new ones to the catalogue?

These are the latest ones I have found, all from the CEPEG conference in March 2015.

MSA – facts and experiences
Annamaria Berger

Conductor assistant; experiences and journey
Becky Griffiths

The characteristics of effective learning in the conductive early years setting
Julie Watts and Becca Shirley

“Look, listen and do!” What can we do to prepare and complement Conductive Education work?
Kristina Balogh and Petra Szabo

Multiculturalism at work
Zsoka Magyarszeky

Coaching and mentoring
Rachel Smith

How many plinths can you fit in an Astra? CE in Bristol so far
Natalie Ibarguen-Sanchez and Hannah Hughes

Help me explore it; incorporating sensory strategies into conductive principles
Eszter Fortagh
Conductive praxis, who’s teaching whom?
Amanda Dorter

Look them up in the catalogue – insert powerpoint in the ‘media type’ box – then click on the little magnifying glass next to each entry in the list you get, and see what you think!



Items added to the Virtual Library Catalogue, Summer 2015

At last after all my technical problems (thank you for sorting it, Ben) I am able to post a list of new items in the Virtual Library Catalogue.

It is the usual mixture of journal articles, papers, leaflets and also this time, some abstracts and poster presentations from the World Congress of Conductive Education in Munich, 2013.


Physios? conduct called into question
Louise Hunt
magazine article

Conductive Education literature review
Rony Schenker
Website document

Dina eine Mutter praktiziert die Konduktive Pädagogik (Petö-System)
K. Dittmer
Book review

“Alternative” treatments for children with disabilities: thoughts from the trenches
Peter Rosenbaum
Journal article

Conductive Education, a parent’s perspective
Celeste Repasky
Journal article

Die Konduktiv Mehrfachtherapeutische Förderung für cerebral bewegungsgestörte Kinder im Schulalte
Bettina Tautscher-Fak
Website article

Parkinson’s disease and Conductive Education
Melanie Brown
Website article

Peace building; part II
Eirwen Harbottle
date unknown
Website article

Zur Konduktiven Förderung von Kindern mit cerebralen Bewegungsstörungen
Kurt Kallenbach
Website article

Two steps forward
Nicky Broyd
Newspaper article

Children with special educational needs: the position in Spain.
Adrienn Deák
Journal article

Arguments and counter arguments concerning the integrated education of people with motor disorder.
Adrienn Deák
Journal article

Some thoughts about visual education in kindergarten of cerebral palsy children
Júlia Horváth
Journal article

Incorporating sensory technique in a Conductive Education program
Josephine Boggs and Jennifer Fliegel
Conference poster presentation

Finding balance between Conductive Education and academic education
Conference paper abstract

Comparing movement development in children with CP enrolled in transdisciplinary CE to children with CP receiving traditional therapy in the USA
Roberta O’Shea and Peter Pidcoe
Conference paper abstract

Adapting Conductive Education in Canada
Brent Page
Poster presentation

The success of ACENA
Anne Wittig and David Dvorak
Poster presentation

The replication of the system of Conductive Education in the United States; conductor-teacher training program in Michigan
Andrea Benyovszky and Andrea Swiger
Poster presentation

The replication of the conductive education practice in Michigan USA
Andrea Benyovszky and Elizabeth Filkins
Poster presentation

Conductive Education factsheet
Capability Scotland


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