András Pető

Another electronic book from Conductive Education Press

The CEP quotationary of Andras Peto and his Conductive Education, first published in 2013,  is now available as a pdf  for £4.00 (no postage!) as well as the traditional book format.

The back cover blurb of the book says :

This quotationary’s 307 quotations contribute some distilled essence, including 48 sayings or reported sayings from the man himself, plus vivid direct reports from friends and associates, and the observations of some of those who have tried to nail his fleeting shadow.

These quotations come from 40 named sources, and are referenced to 15 different texts.

For further information and to order a copy in either format, please go to

Searching the Pető Institute library catalogue

After comments received about accessing  the  catalogue of the  Pető Institute library, I have tried again but am  still not getting results for András Pető as author despite trying the way suggested by Bea Toth on Andrew’s Facebook page. 

I have  used the browse option, put in his name, and asked it to search for him as author and still get nothing. It is difficult to believe  that there is nothing catalogued written by the man himself.

I have done this in both the English and Hungarian language versions.

I also  asked it to search  for András Pető using all the fields offered, e.g.  author, title, publisher  and this  resulted in  a list of items that  contain the word Pető. Still none with him as an author.

I had no problem with  searching for material by Mária Hári.

I know how difficult it can be to search unfamiliar catalogues (and re-wrote the help page for the virtual library to make it easier to access the information held), but I would have thought that I could find my way around the Pető Institute library catalogue without any problems.

All suggestions on overcoming this are  welcome


Thoughts on András Pető book

When Andras Peto was published readers were asked to let us know what they thought of it, if they had enjoyed it and learnt from it.

One such review was sent to me this week by Rony Schenker. She has read it twice now, and felt the same as I did when I read the memories and descriptions included.

She says:

The accumulative impression that you get from reading the book with bated breath is one of the things that makes this book so special. It is as if you had the opportunity to watch Prof. Pető walking into a room where children were working, to hear him, to see him seating by his desk and writing, having a nice meal with friends, or talking eye to eye with his patients. So vivid the descriptions are. And then, what I know, what I saw with my own eyes, what I have learned through my own experience, informal learning and excessive readings and discussions with many and goods, and from my repeated visits to the Pető Institute (October 1987 was the first). And then, the fusion of all of this information, melting into a higher degree of coherence, or preferably, into a more coherent puzzle.

  She also comments on the useful references it includes:
Currently, these are very good references for those who want to know, for those who think they know, and for those who should know what Conductive Education is and who was Professor Pető.
Thank you very much for your appreciative comments, Rony.

Another interesting review has been written by Susie Mallett and can be found at
Have you read it? If so, please send me or Andrew your thoughts. If not, you can obtain a copy by clicking on the cover of the book on the right-hand side of this blog.

New discount on Conductive Education Press books now available

I was just about to blog about another good offer for Conductive Education Press books as there is  25% off all titles until 13 December, using the code 12SANTA at the checkout.
  Then I saw that Andrew has beaten me to it. Therefore I will just give you a taster of his posting and a link to it.

His latest posting starts:

Read how András Pető developed his method, cut through the myth, and perhaps find things not quite as many imagine them. You may then join those who puzzle about who András Pető really was.
Read Bob Dent’s book review from the Budapest Times (both book and review are in English):
You can read the rest of his post at
Books can be ordered by going to store/cepress and making your selection.
Enjoy, and don’t forget to let us know what you think about it.

First review for András Pető

The first review for András Pető  appeared in The Budapest Times on Friday and this has now gone up on the newspapers website at:

The editor has made it a feature article with some pictures.

The review includes a brief account of the history of Conductive Education’s discovery by the West, particularly the UK and an overview of the book’s contents.

The editors of András Pető have produced a compilation consisting of memories of colleagues and others who knew him at different times, notes and letters written by Pető himself, obituaries following his death in 1967 and a selection of overviews. What emerges cannot – even in the editors’ opinion – be regarded as clear-cut or in any way final in terms of fully understanding Pető and his thinking. Nevertheless, certain themes shine through.

It was also very gratifying to read:

Its editors, who are also its compilers, should be congratulated for giving the wider world an opportunity to ponder about the enigma known as András Pető, who, without ever fully explaining how, positively affected the lives of thousands of people who otherwise were considered “hopeless cases”.

Copies of the book can be obtained by clicking on the link to CEP in the right hand column of this blog or from

New home for András Pető book

The latest book from Conductive Education Press, András Pető , has now moved to a new home on Blurb, with a new URL at

A direct link to this can also be found on the right hand side of this blog, with the other titles from Conductive Education Press.  Just click on the picture of the cover.

If all those who have read it – and the numbers are growing fast –  please let us know what they think of it, as feedback is very welcome!

András Pető book now available again

Today the new book  András Pető,  published by Conductive Education Press became publically available again, after resolving some technical issues. This took a little longer than originally expected, and is now available to order again  at

When you have read your copy, please do let us know what you think about it.

More about the new András Pető book

Whilst in Hong Kong for the World Congress on Conductive Education in December 2009 it ocurred to me that the little that was known about  András Pető was scattered around in various different places. Why not bring it all together in a book? For the last eighteen months we have been doing just that and along the way managed to get three previously unpublished papers and facsimiles of  a exam booklet and poems by Pető for inclusion in the book. These were the icing on the cake!

Getting all this collected, edited and ready for publication took longer than expected and publication a fortnight ago of  András Pető was a day of celebration for Conductive Education Press.
Copies of this are now being read and comments coming in. Yesterday Susie Mallett blogged her thoughts about it which can be read at
and says her favourite piece is the one  by Júlia Dévai , which was specially written for the book. (Júlia also very kindly allowed us to reproduce the exam booklet and poems from her personal archive.) Her piece is my favourite too. It brings alive the time when Pető’s conductive pedagogy was slowly emerging, in great detail, a  fascinating account.
I wonder what other readers of the book are deciding  are their favourites.
Please do write and let us know.

The book can be ordered at

András Pető book resume now in Portuguese

Word is spreading about the new book,  András Pető, and a Portuguese translation of the blurb on the back of the book can be found on Letitia Kuerten’s blog at

See below:

Andras Peto criou em circunstâncias difíceis e tumultuada de um ambiente pós-guerra na Europa, uma prática pessoal de terapia do movimento com crianças e adultos paralisados, ele desenvolveu um método pedagógico a partir do qual atualmente conhecemos como Educação Condutiva.
Surpreendentemente, pouco tem sido geralmente conhecido sobre ele o criador húngaro, András Peto, ou mesmo os seus seguidores. Em sua vida, ele cultiva uma aura de mistério e com a morte tornou-se um mito.
Está sendo lançado Andras Peto, o livro. Este livro de 288 páginas, oferece lembranças pessoais de colaboradores próximos e colegas, alguns já publicados, alguns escritos especialmente para esta obra, juntamente com uma série de tentativas para somar e entender sua vida e obra. Originais foram escritos em alemão, húngaro e Inglês.
Este livro deve ajudar a dispersar parte do mito em torno de András Peto, para que seus leitores possam começar a criar sua própria apreciação crítica de quem ele era e o que ele fez.

Copies of the book can be ordered from

Thanks very much, Letitia, for spreading the word in this way.

There may be more of such translations to come, and I will blog any that I receive.

New book on Conductive Education available from today


Maguire, G.,and Sutton, A, ed. András  Pető.  Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.   £17.50



I am very pleased to announce that a new book has been published by Conductive Education Press. This is entitled András Pető and can be found at

A brief description of this book is as follows:

András Pető was a healer. In difficult and tumultuous circumstances in post-War Hungary, out of a personal practice of movement therapy with paralysed children and adults, he developed a pedagogic method from which modern-day ‘Conductive Education’ proudly traces its origins.
But who was he? What did he actually do? Indeed, what was his method?
Surprisingly little has been generally known about András Pető, even amongst his most ardent followers. In his life he cultivated an aura of mystery; in death he became a myth.
This book offers personal recollections from close associates and colleagues, some previously published, some specially written for this publication, along with a range of attempts to sum up and understand his life and work. Originals were written in German, Hungarian and English. Here they are presented in English.
Also here are detailed course-notes for his students, written at the pivotal time that his movement therapy was emerging as conductive movement pedagogy, plus a short collection of his poems that reveal so rawly some of his own mental anguish. Written in Hungarian and German respectively, these too are presented here in English translation, along with facsimiles of their originals.
This book should help disperse some of the myth around András Pető, so that its readers may begin to create their own critical appreciation of who he was and what he did. It is hoped that it will also help readers question and challenge what they already understand about András Pető and his work, and how this relates to present-day practices and the invocation of his name.
This book is no final statement. The field of Pető Studies awaits further, extensive cultivation

With Forewords by Judit Forrai, Jo Lebeer and Reuven Feuerstein

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