conductive education information

More Entries in the Virtual Catalogue of Conductive Education

Here is another selection or items found recently on the Internet, some new, some not.  A mixture of types too.

An exploratory study of the rehabilitation of physically disabled adults in a group setting with particular reference to Conductive Education
Laszlo Szogeczki

In memoriam dr. Dévai Júlia

Conductive Education
journal article

Vanhempien ja lasten troimijuuteen konduktiivisessa kasvatuksessa
Sanna Uotinen

Vertaisrhyhmä CP-vammaisten Lasten Kuntoutuksessa
Sanna Uotinen

Memorandum submitted [to House of Commons Select Committee on Education and Skills]
Cerebral Palsy Care

Conductive Education; a new approach to teaching function skills
Ester Cotton

Is Conductive Education becoming an umbrella term like cp?
Judit Szathmary
Blog posting


All these can be found in the virtual catalogue on Conduction’s website.

If you know of any new items [put up, please let me know.

Some sad news today

Today I heard about the death of Margit Balogh, former Librarian at the Peto Institute, from cancer.

She became Librarian of the Institute in 1992 and brought new life and systems to the  Institute’s collection. In a chapter written for the recent book on Dr Hári (Balogh and Dezsőné, 2014) she describes her work there under the watchful, interested eye of Mária Hári, who encouraged her  to update the procedures, re-organise the stock, and develop the use of computers,  making its holdings  more accessible.

Margit also edited the book Mária Hári and her conductive education in 2007.

In 1993 I visited the Institute and met with Margit.  We communicated through an interpreter as I knew no Hungarian and she no English, but it was an interesting meeting as we talked about the unique sources on Conductive Education held in the Institute and the beginnings of the Library I was establishing for the Foundation for Conductive Education in England.

Margit did retire some years ago but today’s users of the Library owe her a large debt for all she did for the collection, and Conductive Education.

Today is a very sad day.


Balogh, E and Horváth Dezsőné, (2014) Emlékkönyv, Hári, Mária 1923-2001. Budapest: Pető András Főiskola


New Additions to the Conductive Education Virtual Library Catalogue

The catalogue now has over 600 entries of material on the Internet, some link to the full document and some just to a link requiring payment to get the complete item. It has taken nearly seven years to compile this listing and I am still finding more material.

This new additions list is a mixture of newly published material and older articles just been made available on the web.

National Institute of Conductive Education

Conductive Education as a method of stroke rehabilitation: a single blinded randomised controlled feasibility study
Judith Bek, and others
Journal article

Conductive Education – myths and facts
Melanie Brown
Website page

Conductive Education researched? The horizon recedes…
Mike Lambert
Unpublished paper

Emma’s story
Emma McDowell
Website page

Magyar Örökség díjazott a Pető Intézet / Hungarian Heritage Prize for Peto Institute
Hungarian National Commission for Unesco
Website page

Conductive Education and spinal cord injury
Judith Burkholder

Finding balance between Conductive Education and academic education.
Presentation abstract

Success of ACENA
Anne Wittig and David Dvorak

Conductive Education

Conductive Education; a system for overcoming motor disorder.
Gladys Rodriguez
Book review

Education for the cerebral palsied: a review of two contemporary approaches.
J. M. Brown
Journal article

A role of national importance
Dick Louden
Newspaper article

Die Bedeutung des Sozialgesetzbuches, Teil IX, für die Konduktive Förderung zerebral geschädigter Kinder nach Petö
Harry Fuchs
Website document

Please go to

to access more information about these items.

New Additions to the Virtual Library, Spring 2016

As the contents of the catalogue increases – it now has 608 items – it is becoming harder to find new material for it, and this list of  new additions  I have found so far this year  is a mixture of old and newly available articles, a book review and web documents in English, Russian, German and Hungarian.

Conductive Education: the unfinished story
Andrew Sutton
Journal article

Doktori kutátosok a Petőintézetben [Doctoral studies at the Pető Institute]
K.S. Horváthné, and others
Journal article

Conductive Education
John Elkins
Book Review

Conference program 2016

Conductive Education and Parkinson’s
Judit Szathmary
Blog posting

The continuous presence of conductive pedagogy in the United States
Andrea Benyovszky
Thesis summary

A konduktív pedagógia permanens jelenléte az Amerikai Egyesült Államokban
Andrea Benyovszky
Thesis summary

Konduktivnaya pedagogiya A. Pete: razvitie detei s naruzheniyami oporno-dvigatl’nogo apparata [A. Pető’s conductive pedagogy: development of children with motor disorders’]
Annette Fink
Book- Russian translation

Кондуктивная педагогика Aндраша Пете. Oсновные положения метода по реабилитации детей с дцп на примере Польского опыта [The Conductive Education of András Pető. The principal theses of the method of rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy from the Polish experience].
Journal article

Conductive education in the treatment of unilateral neglect: A case report
Rabia Aziz and others
Journal article

The development of Conductive Education in Germany
Phoenix GmbH and Bundesverband der Konduktoren e.V
Pdf document

Links to all  these are available at

If anyone knows of any items to be included in the catalogue, please do let me know.

World Book Day – hurrah for books, hurrah for Conductive Education books!

Books have always been a very important part of my life and seem to be everywhere in my house. Today is World Book Day and most libraries and book shops will be making a bit of a splash about it. I wonder how much promotion Conductive Education  books will get  in libraries of all kinds, including those holding significant amounts of material, and bookshops.

Since 2010 nineteen books have been published on CE, with  Conductive Education Press producing seven titles covering various aspects – international development, young conductors going out into the working world, parents experiences, András Pető, and memories of Conductive Education received as a child.

Copies can be ordered by clicking on a title at

There are ideas  for several more and a new publication will come out soon to celebrate the variety of information on the subject.

Get reading!


New entries to Virtual Library catalogue February 2016

Recently modern technology has had me beaten but at last all problems and access to the Internet have been solved and I can now let you know what has been entered in the virtual library catalogue this year. You will find the following items, a mix of newspaper and journal articles,  theses, a research report and a pdf document.

Brukerperspektivet i habilitering

Ingvild Frøysang



Conductive Education two years later

Dom Merkur


Journal article

The replication of the system of Conductive Education in the United States

Andrea Benyovszky


Journal article

Parents as care managers: the experiences of those caring for young children with cerebral palsy

Gillian Bridge



Evidence based conductive practice; towards whole school improvement


Research report

Setting the pace for cerebral palsy


PACES, Sheffield

centre brochure

In their own words – participant experiences with Conductive Education

Keith Sherwood


pdf document

Family affair Duah Matta rehovot

Revi Havrahami and Avner Havrahami


Newspaper article


Divergent perspectives on educational priorities for young children with cerebral palsy: a case study

Tunde Roszahegyi




Entries and links to all of these can be found by searching the catalogue






Information, information everywhere

To me, one of the most important parts of being a Librarian has always meant helping people to find the information they want, either from the library they are in or from another source using skills learnt  to search the resources available.

Since the advent of the Internet  and the World Wide Web everything has changed. There is so much information available it is difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Yesterday I was sent this link which reports on an example of the new skills that Librarians have to learn now and how these can be shared.

The librarian says:

…it’s no longer a question of there not being enough information out there, but of there being too much. “There’s more filtering in the librarian’s job now,….People need help discerning good solid sources from the rest.”

The report goes on to describe a group tutorial of searching for information and sorting out what is appropriate and what is not, lead by a librarian. All involved were very pleased with the results.

I am not sure how much of this sort of help is available to those studying and researching Conductive Education. It is not a subject with much academic interest or publication and most of what is available on-line is not of the best quality.

Meeting users’ needs was an  aspect that I really enjoyed when I was working as a librarian in Conductive Education and my knowledge of the library holdings and methods of searching usually bore the right fruit.

I hope that I can still do this with my knowledge of the subject,  limited physical resources, the virtual library catalogue, and connection to the Internet.

Update on new online service

Last week I posted about the new online service

from Special Needs Jungle for obtaining copies of journal articles not yet free on the Internet.

I applied for an article and received a very nice email back  stating that my request had been forwarded to the publisher and I should hear in about six days or so.

Today I checked my email and found I had been sent a reply last night. The article was now available for me via the Special needs Jungle website where I was to follow the link given.

I did this and found the report by Ester Cotton on a study visit to the Institute for Movement Therapy and School for Conductors, published in 1965, was now available to me in a pdf format. Terrific service from an organisation staffed by volunteers!

I was also told :

Please do pass on this service to your colleagues and friends and feel free to share the research using this link:

All items requested in this way will be available to those who access the Special Needs Jungle website. This is the first,  and I am sure others will follow.  In fact, I have several I will ask for myself and I will check the list regularly to see what is on it relevant to Conductive Education.

Please remember that not every request may be granted, but do try it out.

Buying Conductive Education books from Budapest, in 2015

The Pető András College has inherited the books published for sale from the former Pető Institute.

Over the past few weeks emails have been going back and forth between me and the Library at Pető András Főiskola in Budapest. I wanted to buy two of their publications, and it took time to establish costs, including postage. The items, both by Maria Hari are The History of Conductive Pedagogy  and the  French edition of the Human Principle in Conductive Education, both not available anywhere else.

Yesterday I received an invoice for both of the publications giving me the charges in forints and euros, about £15.00 in sterling, including postage. Payment was required before supplying the books,  which  is not  unreasonable, and I had to do this by transferring money from my bank account to that of the College.

I went to arrange this at my bank and was horrified to discover that there was a charge for doing this of £20, more in itself than the cost of the books with postage. Getting home I immediately contacted the Library and asked if it was possible to pay by credit card or debit card or even send two Conductive Education Press books in exchange for the ones I wanted.

It was very disappointing to get a reply this morning saying that none of those options is possible. In 2015 it seems incredible  that it is not possible to pay by card, and must mean that a lot of international  sales of books are being missed.

What a shame. Perhaps the College will get around to offering different options of paying as part of their general modernisation and join the rest of the world.

I am not inclined to pay the fees and will have to consider what to do next. I have been told that I would be very welcome to visit the Library anytime and buy the books then, but I don’t think a trip to Budapest is very likely though it would be great to visit and meet Noémi Zalavári who has been so helpful.

Setting up Conductive Education Press’ publications to be ordered and  supplied via the Internet seems even more like a good idea now, and does mean that all  seven publications can be ordered and paid for immediately anywhere in the world.

Result of the search for Wisconsin research video

A few weeks ago I posted about one of the first  research projects into Conductive Education, headed by Laird Heal at Wisconsin University in the United States, and  published in 4 volumes in 1972.

In  Volume 1 there is mention of an hour long video tape that could be purchased.  In the hope that it might still be available I wrote to the Library and asked. Eric Jennings, Outreach Coordinator & Instruction Librarian, responded very quickly and told me that he would check this out with the help of his colleagues.

On Friday I received an email regretfully reporting their  failure to find any trace of it. After such a long time it is not surprising as libraries need to constantly ‘weed’ their stock due to restricted space, and technology has moved on somewhat – I think I may be one of the few people who still has a working video player! Also the university was not involved in Conductive Education again.

Still, at least we all had a good go at tracing it and he said if it did turn up at a later date he would let me know.

Libraries cannot keep everything forever. This shows how important it is to keep safe Conductive Education material in all formats  for the future  and any equipment needed to access it.

If by any chance someone has a copy of this or has watched it, please do let me know!