A new book on Conductive Education has been published independently by a conductor.
Written in English, Person-focused Rehabilitation: Exploring the Psychosocial Field of Conductive Education by Laszlo Szogeczki is now available on Amazon for Euros 23.43 and consists of 122 pages.
The posting about the book states:
The Person-focused Rehabilitation, the psychosocial tools of Conductive Education (CE) will be a great interest to clinical psychologists, health psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, counsellors, physicians, rehabilitation nurses and rehabilitation service providers along to CE professionals. Service providers experience how important psychosocial factors are and this book, in part, shed light upon a model which can support the way of rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities and improve patients’ individual well-being and it is signifying to use more emotional intelligence strategies in rehabilitation.
New titles on Conductive Education are few and far between and it will be interesting to find out more about this one. I am about to order a copy.
Congratulations to Andrea Benyovszky ,Program Director at the Conductive Learning Center , Grand Rapids, USA, who has been awarded her PhD by Lorand Eotvos University (ELTE) in Budapest.
Her thesis,entitled The continuous presence of conductive pedagogy in the United States of America, (A konduktív pedagógia permanens jelenléte az Amerikai Egyesült Államokban (Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA) discusses the development of CE over the past 14 years in Grand Rapids. A summary of it can be found in English at
and in Hungarian at
Well done, Andrea!
Whilst looking for something else on the Internet I found a reference to a collaboration between the Peto Institute and the Shen Clinic on the Isle of Wight.
This news item was written in 2008 and I had not seen it before or been aware of the proposed collaboration, or the degree level training programme.
On looking at the website of the Shen Clinic, a complementary medicine centre, I found that in 2006 the director of the clinic was selected as a member of an E.U. research team for Health (Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Biological Medicine, Natural Medicine, Oriental Medicine) headed by Dr Gabriella Hegyi MD PhD, University of Budapest. And that :
In 2008 we were visiting guests at the world famous Peto Institute Budapest and we continue to be supporters of Conductive Education. At that time we discussed an in-principle but favourable collaboration between the Peto Institute and The Shen Clinic.
I could find no more information, so assume that the project did not get further than discussion stage.
If anyone else knows about this I would be grateful to hear what happened and if there are any plans for the future.
It was reported today in the Chester Chronicle that Stick ‘n’ Step, a centre in Wallasey, will now open its second centre.
Sick ‘n’Step has acquired funding to purchase and renovate a building in Winsford:
The Morgan Foundation has provided the funding to purchase the building and undertake much of the renovation work required, while the further funding from The Williams Family Foundation will allow Stick ‘n’ Step to offer specialised toilet facilities to help children to become more independent.
Once opened, the new centre will allow up to a further 70 families to receive free conductive education and support services.
This is great news for the area and CE in the UK, especially as services will be free. No date is given for the opening but hopefully it will not be too long coming.
‘We have never had more access to information, yet we are arguably more ignorant than ever before…’
I have been involved in the published communication and record of Conductive Education now for some twenty years, ever more concerned about the state of ‘the literature’, especially in recent years. I think that I have come across one reason that might help understand what has been happening in this recent time.
My nephew, Iain Akerman, is an experienced highly thought-of journalist and I have always found his work interesting and well researched. This latest article posted on his blog, originally published in Campaign, November 2015, is no exception.
Whilst reading this it occurred to me that all he had to say could be applied to the world of Conductive Education. Most public communication between those working and involved in CE, takes place via social media, with brief comments and announcements, and the world press has little or no interest at all in discussing or reporting the facts about it. Most press coverage tends to be in local newspapers announcing fundraising events and reporting amounts raised for a particular local centre.
As there seems to be a general trend worldwide to accept the news as given by those with control over the media, as Iain suggests, perhaps CE will continue to be out there in the wilderness. Of no interest.
The past few months for me have been fraught with technical problems, getting a new computer, and sorting out getting started again. Hopefully all is well now and I can get back to posting, cataloguing and working on the latest project for publication by Conductive Education Press in 2016.
The year 2015 has been one of financial difficulties, closure and change for all those involved in Conductive Education, resulting in little in the way of new developments. The main item of news has been the appointment of a new rector at the Andras Peto College, Andrea Zsebe
She has announced hope of new partnerships in CE and plans for a masterate.
I wonder what 2016 will bring!
I wish a Happy New Year to you all.
Conductive Education centres are popping up all the time and quite a few seem to pop down again fairly quickly, not having the necessary ingredients to keep going, so its good to hear when one has real staying power. The Rainbow Centre, Fareham, UK has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.
This is certainly good news especially as this time last year it was very near closure due to lack of funds, but managed to raise the required amount in time and turn things around.
Good luck to those involved for the future – keep up the good work!
Today I found a link to a newspaper article in the Chorley Guardian.
This newspaper is local to The Legacy Rainbow House centre in Cheshire UK http://www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com/
and published this article for Conductive Education Awareness Week earlier this month.
Articles like this do not appear very often these days as it is not as easy as it used to be to get Conductive Education into the news, so its a big feather in Legacy Rainbow House’s cap and I hope the article will be uploaded on to the centre’s website so it is easier to read.
I have been checking for any reports in newspapers for Conductive Education Awareness Day in North America in February and also Awareness Week in the UK. I am sorry to say that this is the only item I found for either event and I know that lots of activities were planned in both cases.
There may be others that I have missed, so please let me know if you know of any.
A small centre near Ipswich in the UK is having to close due to lack of funds. It has been operating for nearly fifteen years and became part of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust in 2010.
I am not sure that it employed a conductor – it is not on the Workplace map at http://e-conduction.org/where-conductors-work/
– I think it offered services based on the ‘principles of Conductive Education’.
It is sad that any service for disabled children has to close for financial reasons, leaving parents with less choice and at a loss of what to do.
I saw this post on Ruth Wales’ (nee Stange) Facebook page about an exciting piece of news for Australia. An assistant at Carson Street School, Western Australia has been accepted onto the conductor training course at the National Institute of Conductive Education in Birmingham, UK for September 2015.
The media release posted by Ruth says:
Jessica Cornelius, an Education Assistant at Carson Street School, has just been accepted to train at the National Institute of Conductive Education in Birmingham, UK.
Jessica will be the very first Australian to train as a Conductor. This is a huge commitment and the School is very proud of her achievement.
Carson Street School is the State’s only Education Support Primary School and the only school in WA to provide the unique program of Conductive Education.
Qualified Conductor Status (QCS), which is a worldwide recognised professional qualification and enables graduates to be employed as a Conductor. In addition to QCS, graduates receive an honours degree in Conductive Education.
I have not been able to track down a link for it on the Internet. There is no mention of it on Carson Street school’s website that I can find either.
Good luck to Jessica!