Conductive Education e-books

For some time now I have been getting Google alerts for someone offering free pdf downloads of  Conductive Education e-books.  These titles seem very unlikely candidates for this, as they must still be in copyright with the publishers even though they date from the 1980s, so I assume they are some sort of scam to get access to people’s details. How it works I haven’t a clue!

I am sure most people are ignoring these offers for one reason or another but I suggest that those of you who are tempted, you resist.

E-books are a wonderful thing in the right place and time, but perhaps not for out dated Conductive Education material. Conductive Education Press is considering offering e-versions of some of its books but no decision has been made yet.

If you are interested let us know.

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Unpublished paper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.

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.

Docstoc is closing down

Yeasterday I found out by chance that Docstoc, an internet site for storing and sharing documents for free is going to close down on 1 December.

I made a search to see what items on Conductive Education had been uploaded to the site and found that these had already been removed and were now unavailable. Perhaps they have been moved by their owners to another site.

I also received an email from someone who is offering a similar service (though it seems to be mainly legal documents and papers on offer) and I thought some of you might be interested in investigating this.

Jamie Swift wrote:

As you may know, Docstoc, which was a fantastic online document resource for small businesses and organizations, is closing down permanently on December 1st. Our startup,, thinks we can serve as a quality replacement for many of Docstoc’s document productivity tools with the free resources below:

I hope this helps, and I look forward to hearing back from you!



Jamie Smith

Content Associate, FormSwift – A SaaS startup helping businesses and organizations go paperless


Do have a look and see if this meets your needs.

On Conduction’s website there is a Document Depository which contains items on CE that are not available anywhere else, such as papers, presentations and articles. If you think your document might be a good candidate for inclusion please do contact me.


Finding old material from the Internet

Today I read a news story about ‘digital archaeology’ on the web. Digital archaeology is a term given to outdated and retro gadgets and sites, and this article was reporting on items still on the web  since 1996, some of which are still being updated.  For example, a Robert De Niro fan page has survived for 15 years.

It also mentions The Wayback Machine which stores archived pages and screen grabs.

For some time now I have been using this resource to check facts and figures for Conductive Education. It is possible to search the Way Back Machine by inserting the URL for the centre or organisation that you want. For example, putting in brings up over 4,000 hits.

It is comforting to know that in this age of on with the new and forget the old, it is possible to find out things about Conductive Education’s history, that some of it is preserved and some things, such as dates and events, development of websites, can be checked.

But a lot is probably gone forever which reminds us  that we  still need the traditional methods of recording information such as books, journals and personal archives.

Keeping the Virtual Catalogue up to date

The Internet is ever-changing and items go up, items are taken down and sometimes items are moved to a new location. This means that the virtual catalogue is not always 100% accurate, though every effort is made to keep it up to date.

Today I was informed that one of the links in the catalogue is no longer working and after checking I have discovered that now the item is no longer available. This means that there is no longer information on the internet about the proposed new Conductive Education degree at  Evangelische Hochschule, Nürnberg, due to start in September 2015. Consequently, this item has now been deleted from the catalogue.

All that left about this course is a news item on the German Conductors’ Association with a link to a PDF summarising its contents over seven semesters:!/show/5/studiengang-heilpaedagogik-konduktive-paedagogik-ab-2015-in-nuernberg/

If you come across any links that are broken or do not lead anywhere, I would be grateful if you would please let me know so I can investigate and check if it has moved or is no longer available.

Your help is needed  to make sure the catalogue is as up to date as possible, as I cannot do it all on my own.

New additions to the virtual library catalogue

I have spent some time last weekend adding new material to the virtual library catalogue and the 17  items are listed below. Some have no date as I was unable to find one but all contain as much information in their entries as I could find.  Just go to

and enter authors or titles in the appropriate column to find out more and be directed to the documents.


Konduktiv pedagogikk og rehabilitering
Ingvild Frøysang
no date
CE in Norway

Improving the writing composition of students with motor disorders
Henriett Pinter
Conference presentation abstract

Conducting achievement
Melanie Brown
magazine article

Conductive Education
Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education
magazine article

Look what I can do
child’s experiences

What is Conductive Education?
Carson Street School

Conductive Education services
Special Education resource Unit (South Australia)

Conductive Education for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder; experiences from Austria
Monika Weiszmann
Powerpoint presentation

Effect of the Bobath technique, Conductive Education and education to parents in activities of daily living in children with cerebral palsy in Iran
Hamid Dalvand
Journal article

8th World Congress Rhythm and balance; congress programme
Organising Committee of 8th World Congress
Conference programme

World Congress 8 abstract book
International Pető Association
Abstract book

Conductive Education BA (Hons)
Birmingham City University
Course information

The evaluation of the Conductive Education program and the Cognitive Stimulation program in a home for children with developmental disabilities in a rural area of South Africa
Anne Mathot

Brain retraining hope for motor-disorder victims: campaigner
news item

Conductive education course set to close
magazine news item

Sen o Ameryce
Ada Prochyra
magazine interview

Ausschnitt Studienaufbau Bachelorstudiengang Heilpädagogik-Schwerpunkt Konduktive Pädagogik
Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
Degree course information

To find these and many more go to

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:





New IT service in Conductive Education

I have just heard today about a new website and service in Conductive Education.

This has been set up by Ben Foulger, a conductor with great experience of IT. He is available to help with all IT aspects of Conductive Education and has already received a contract to provide a website for one CE organisation.
I struggle with the technical aspects of communicating and imagine most of us do, so this development is most welcome. Now we have someone who knows about such things, someone  to  consult, help and provide. I am sure I will be using his services at some stage.
Do go and have a look at the website to see what Ben has already done and what he can offer.

Librarians are always happy to help

I have just made a comment on Conductive World. Yesterday I commented on a question about CE on Facebook

and Andrew has blogged his thoughts on this and my response.

This is what I have said:

It gave me a nice warm feeling to be able to use my knowledge of CE literature, and I hope it helped. I have always got satisfaction from bringing information and people together, as  a room full of information is not always easy to access without help.
It is not often that Librarians are rated at all or  acknowledgement given to their expertise, so thank you for this, Andrew.
I am always happy to help via my blog, Conductive Education Information at  if I can.

If anyone does think I can help, please ask, and then I will if I can. As well as my memory I do have a collection of resources here that I can consult,  and don’t forget the virtual catalogue available at