Over the years adults and the benefits of Conductive Education for them have always tended to be neglected in the literature, research, and reporting of the field. The work with children has had more focus, taking precedence, and possibly found more interesting or worthwhile.
Last week I was sent a link to a newly available evaluation of CE for stroke.
‘ a study that investigated the impact of 10 weeks of Conductive Education for adults with chronic stroke symptoms’
at the Centre for Independence through Conductive Education in Illinois. A small group of only four people with stroke were in the study,
I believe this report/poster has been presented at several conferences already and a paper will be given at the World Congress of Conductive Education in Budapest, December 2016. It is hoped that an article will be submitted for publication in the near future.
Other projects on CE and stroke have been reported over the years.
In 1995 a study of twelve people with stroke was carried out at Ontario March of Dimes by Alison Laver and a summary of this was published in Conductive Education Occasional Papers, no.2 in 1997. As far as I know no further projects were carried out after this at OMOD.
Another evaluation took place at the National Institute of Conductive Education fairly recently(I can find no date for this).
Perhaps this latest initiative in the US will result in further investigations and enough interest to result in ‘funding for expanded study with larger sample size and controlling for nonintervention-related changes over time, when the money is found’.
I have frequently asked for more to be published about Conductive Education and today I see that mention has been made of it in a ‘proper’ refereed journal, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
Andrew Sutton has blogged about a letter he and Rony Schenker have written in response to an article published about research which made an ‘apparently authoritative judgement on Conductive Education’. But not in a good way.
The blog posting, which includes the reference to the original research article, can be found at
Andrew Sutton has been looking for an article on Conductive Education published in December, and I am very pleased to say that I have managed to obtain a copy which I will let him have.
This article is titled ‘Conductive Education: appraising the evidence’ and is published in Educational Psychology in Practice, the journal of the Association of Educational Psychologists (full reference at the end of this posting.)
It includes the results of a literature search on two databases, neither educational, and produces these results in a table. Most of the results are quite old , dating back to the early 1990s ad I can’t help wondering if the authors visited the National Library of Conductive Education (which contains more up to date material) or are even aware of its existence. Still, I am very pleased to be able to say that despite not having the resources around me I was able to track this down. One up for the Librarians, I think!
Tuersley-Dixon, L. and Frederickson, N. (2010) Conductive Education: appraising the evidence. Educational Psychology in Practice , 26(4), pp.253-373.
I have just added some more items to the Research section of the virtual catalogue at
It is by far the biggest subject in the catalogue at the moment with 44 items, 17 of which are free to access.
The range of material is growing by date, language and topic. One of those added today is an article published in 2010 by Susan Effgen and others, another the first to be added in Chinese (with an English abstract).
More to follow!!
A number of new titles have been added to this subject this morning, some free and some needing payment for access.