More additions to Virtual Library catalogue

Here are the last additions for 2014 which are the usual mixture of articles, reports, and documents.

More to come later this year.

Pressspiegel/Press review: 8th World Congress on Conductive Education
Anna Souksengphet-Dachlauer
Press cuttings compilation

Conductive Education; [school policy]
Horton Lodge Community Special School
pdf document

Conductive Education for cerebral palsy
Wendy Fidler
Journal article

Annual review 2012-13
Stick ‘n’ Step Centre
pdf document

Conductive Education and NDT – Bobath: experts discussion on history, development and current practice
Rony Schenker and others
Journal article

Careful planning and routine are key to development
Tünde Rózsahegyi
Journal article

Professional profile of conductor of Conductive Education Sweden
Svenska Conductorsföreningen
pdf document

Conductive Education Resource Library
Jockey Club Marion Fang Conductive Learning Centre SAHK

The virtual catalogue can be found at


Please do let me know of any items you know that are not included.

Thanks to all  of you for your support and a Happy New Year.

Updating the Where Conductors Work Map 2

I have now finished checking countries from I-Z and cannot find websites for the following places:

Universtiy Hospital of Tromsø. 

Aspace Centro de neurorrehabilitacion PETÖ

Aspire -Berkshire Conductive Education & Multi-Sensory Activity Centre

Blackfriars School

Ladderback Kids

Rutland House

Not as many as in the first batch of countries.

Of course they may have changed their names or have new websites at different URLs. Please do let me know if they are still operating with a conductor or I will mark them as closed.

Please also let me know of any others  that may have closed recently, leaving their website ‘live’.

Do help me with this, if you can. I cannot do it without you!

Updating the Where Conductors Work Map

The map indicating where conductors work has been up for some time and had regular additions and changes made whenever information has been sent to me.

As most of the entries have not been checked for a while I thought I would make this a summer project. No doubt you can see what a daunting prospect that is but I have made a start by checking whether websites  for the US workplaces and countries beginning with the letter A – G  are still ‘live’ and found a number which are not. These are:

Cerebral Palsy Ability Center

 Boost Camp

 A Step to Independence

 Brighter Beginnings through Conductive Education

 International Institute for Conductive Education

 Blue Ridge Association for Conductive Education

 Special Therapy and Education Program of Saugeen

 S.W.O.N.T Optomist Conductive Education

 Hand in Hand

These centres may have new websites or changed their names making it impossible for me to find them.

If anyone can confirm their closure or new name/website I would be very grateful  and make the changes accordingly.

If I hear nothing their pins will be removed from the map.

I would welcome news of any other centre changes of name, website, address, not mentioned here.

Conductor/s need to be employed in  a workplace for it to be  included on the map, so please also let me know of any that have a pin, but  no longer have conductors on the staff.

Thank you!


More entries in the Virtual Conductive Education Library catalogue

Another collection of items entered into the Virtual Library catalogue this month. Its the usual mixed bag of articles, reports, inspections various languages.

Full references with URLs can be found at

Developing stroke care for adults in the community: rehabilitation through Conductive Education
Foundation for Conductive Education
Research report

The effectiveness of 10 weeks Conductive Education on postural sway and movement quality in Parkinson’s Disease patients.
Advert for Masters by Research Studentship

Free for all? Processes of change in health care provision in Hungary from 1987-2002
[Conductive Education covered on p216, 311-12]

Konduktive Förderung für Kinder und Jugendliche mit Zerebralparese

Evaluating an integrated approach to the management of cerebral palsy. Vol I.
Research report

Evaluating an integrated approach to the management of cerebral palsy. Vol II. Appendix A. IMCP documentation handbook
L.Heal, and others
Research report

Evaluating an integrated approach to the management of cerebral palsy. Appendix B: Field test report of the Eau Claire Functional Abilities Test and the Wolfe-Bluel Socialization Inventory. Volume III of IV. Final report.
Abstract only
L. Heal
Research report

Evaluating an integrated approach to the management of cerebral palsy. Vol IV. Appendix C. An analysis of the evaluation and follow up date from the Institute for Movement Therapy, Budapest, Hungary
Research report

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy; independent school standard inspection report

Course guide: Conductive Education 2008/2009
Wolverhampton University
pdf document

Konduktive Förderung in der Stiftung Pfennigparade, München
G. Schmidt and R. Orter
Research report
















Virtual Library catalogue update

Some more items have gone into the Virtual Library catalogue over the past week or so. Quite a mixture!


Conductive Education for motor disorders
Letter in journal

Buddy Bear Trust Conductive Education Independent School, Dungannon ; report of an inspection

Education and Training Inspectorate

OCNWMR Level 3 Certificate in Conductive Education (QCF) Qualification guide
Course guide

Conductive Education Waikato Unit education review
ERO New Zealand

Handbook Conductive Education; together constructive conductive
Helga Keil-Bastendorff, and others
Grundvig Project report

Conductive Education; a glossary
Consortia EqualRehab
Book produced within the European Commission’s
Lifelong Learning Programme

Just do it!
Edited by Andrew Sutton and Gill Maguire
Book extract

Last year in Hong Kong
Andrew Sutton
Book extract

[A review of] Conductive Education for children with cerebral palsy by Ludwig, S [and others]
University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Research review

[A review of] effects of Conductive Education intervention for children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy: an AACPDM evidence report [by Darrah, J., and others]
University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Research review

These and another 450 items can be found in the catalogue on Conduction’s website  at

Libraries, what are they for?

 Ever since I was a child I have used libraries for pleasure and information. Most people of my age that I know do the same. But how many other people actually know what they are for, and use them for this? Even students seem to struggle at times.

  • Libraries are depositories of information which is organised and arranged to make retrieval as easy and quick as possible.
  • Their contents are listed in a catalogue which can be searched to indicate whether and where information is stored.
  • Librarians are professional people trained in organising such information, helping users find what they want and establishing the location of such material in their own library – or elsewhere.

This is put beautifully in this excerpt from Libraries are Essential:

 There is much more to doing real research than typing a few words into a search engine such as Google. Librarians are trained to do high-level research, which supports scientists, doctors, lawyers, professors, writers, government officials, and other important professionals every single day. Without the aide of librarians, all of these people would be making decisions without having all of the relevant knowledge they need on their topics.

Conductive Education libraries

 Libraries and librarians may seem an easy target when financial cuts are to be made, which means that valuable resources are not being exploited to the full. Conductive Education publications are limited in number and new, accurate material can be hard to find. Five years ago the Foundation for Conductive Education decided that it could no longer prioritise the expertise of a professional librarian for its library and recently the Pető Institute lost its librarian (I do not know whether a replacement has yet been appointed. Would not this be public information deserving of prioritisation?). Who is maintaining and developing these libraries now?

 I do not know.

SAHK in Hong Kong has a library but I do not think it is open access as the others are. A few years ago a ‘mobile’ library was established to be used by all the conductors and centres in New Zealand. Again I do not know if that is still a going concern.

As far as I know there are no other collections of any size other than personal ones.

The Virtual Library of Conductive Education

 In 2009 I started collecting information on items on the Internet and catalogued the details in the Virtual Library catalogue. This now  has a new format and an updated help page.Yesterday I spent time entering further details of material available on line into this catalogue.

I will post occasional lists of yet more items added here on this blog.

Other sources of information

Information about Conductive Education is now accessible via e-conduction’s website which acts as a knowledge portal leading people to blogs, books, unpublished material, and conductors’ workplaces:

Previous postings on libraries and information:





Archive collection – first major donation




Some time ago I posted an appeal for people to send me any material connected to Conductive Education that is no longer required. The first such personal archive has now been delivered to me with the help of my niece who works in the courier business. Thank you, Dee.
This week I received two large boxes weighing 24 kg each, full of the notes, papers and handouts from the Pető Institute ( in English and Hungarian) collected by Robert Sorenyi when he studied there during 1989-1993, and a number of books, journals, and photocopies also used in his studies. Also included were some videos relating to the filming of the BBC documentaries broadcast in the late 1980s, along with the results of Robert’s personal research into the life of Pető. He had intended to write a full biography but he did not manage to find the time after he started working. Perhaps one day!
In the meantime Robert has given permission for a brief biographical sketch found in one of the boxes to be included in a book that Conductive Education Press is currently putting together.
This is a wonderful collection of material highlighting a period in Conductive Education’s history, documenting what was taught to trainee conductors and what was known at the time that had been published.

It will kept safe whilst being accessible, as requested by Robert.

If anyone else wishes personal archives preserved in the same way, please do get in touch with me.

Conductive Education: do we want to save the history and knowledge?

This morning on the Today programme, BBC Radio 4, there was an item on archives and preservation of knowledge. This was prompted by the news that the poet,Wendy Pope, had sold her archive to the British Library and led to a wider discussion about preserving documents in the electronic age, the difficulties thereof due to sheer volume, and how important librarians and archivists were to the organisation and management of such collections in today’s ‘digital abundance’.
Naturally it made me think of Conductive Education and what was being done to save its history, development and practice. The National Library aimed to fufill this role as far as it was possible whilst I was Librarian, collecting centre brochures, reports, press cuttings, reports etc, but I would think maintaining the collection in this way will have been very difficult if not impossible during the past two years.
Maintaining this blog, reporting and recording events, answering enquiries is my small contribution to establishing a record, a history, the facts of what is happening in the CE world. Another resource is the virtual library, the virtual catalogue which includes items on the Internet which are available to those who want to investigate, analyse and discuss. Unfortunately one disadvantage of the Internet is the ‘disappearance’ of items due to broken links, deletion or being moved to new locations as has happened with some of the items I have found for the Virtual Catalogue, but with limited resources it is not possible to track everything down.
 I do my best.
One question you may ask is does anyone really care? Other than me, of course. If Conductive Education is to have a future surely it must have a recorded past to learn from and build on?
I would like to offer everyone the chance to present their papers, documents, writings to me for inclusion in the Repository on
or to keep with other material I am collecting here in my ‘office’.
Let’s do our best to save and preserve knowledge for those who will follow us in the years to come.

The Conductive Post – a new service up and running

Conduction, think tank for the world of Conductive Education, has decided to bring

together online resource bases for those who use or seek to understand Conductive Education, those who work in it or help provide it, and anybody ‘outside’ who just wants to know.


As part of this aim, a few days ago a new service started for those interested in keeping up with blog postings on Conductive Education.

The Conductive Post has been created on Conduction’s website at

and this has  links to all the latest postings from various Conductive Education blogs in one place. The name of the blog and the first couple of sentences are shown in columns just like a newspaper, and a quick click on the picture above these, will take you to the blog so you can read the whole posting. The latest posting is always first, as the date shows.

Go and have a look.

This is the work of Andrew Sutton and Ben Foulger developed from an original idea from Ben. It is a wonderful service allowing access to the blogs from one place and gives a quick overall picture of current topics of interest to the bloggers. The blogs concerned are still  ‘owned’ by the bloggers, all the Conductive Post does is link to them.

One feature of the Conductive Post is the guest blogger column. This will contain postings by those who do not have a blog of therir own but would like to post now and again. This should make some interesting reading.

Why not have a go and submit a posting ?

New year, new library?

All over the world people have been celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another. Possibilities of new opportunities, chances and developments of current projects have been in the minds of many.
What will 2011 hold for Conductive Education and what will it hold for the knowledge and information needed to develop it?

It is nearly two years since the librarian’s post at the Foundation for Conductive Education was made redundant and I left, but I am still regularly asked what is happening to the Library. I have to answer ‘ I don’t know’. I also don’t know if this question is put to those that should know, those who are in charge, and what they say, if asked.

All I hear is bits and pieces through the grapevine and this is what I have heard:
  • there was an electrical fire last summer but stock was not damaged.
  •  student volunteers have been recruited to help in the Library – doing what I have no idea
  • there is no prospect of employing a library professional in the near future.
  • the Library is no longer available all-year round
To me  this means that the library is no longer a ‘living’ library. Those responsible cannot possibly have the time or expertise to carry it forward, so to me it is now just a collection of material accumulated from the early 1980s to the  early years of the 21st century.
 Shame. This was a jewel in the Foundation’s crown.
2011 seems a good time to announce that I have started to build my own library of material to use to answer enquiries that I receive. Hopefully this will be really useful to me and others in the future  if  passed on at a later date or ‘joined up’ with another library. So far, it consists of only a single bookshelf and a shoebox full of papers, press cuttings, etc and books, brochures and leaflets  I picked up in Hong Kong has given it quite a boost!
If people have anything that they no longer want then  I should love to have it. Photocopies or electornic copies of possibly useful materials would also be most welcome. These could be a book, document, centre brochure, conference programme, video, DVD, press cutting – anything. I would be happy to refund postage ( within certain limits of course!)

Just contact me to discuss arrangements.