New Additions to the Virtual Catalogue February 2015

Sixteen items have been added to the catalogue over the past weeks making a total of 543 items.

There is a variety of items this time  including a  powerpoint presentation, bibliography, blog posting, thesis and various documents. Of particular interest is an article from 1990 describing  participation in the international course at the Peto Institute. A little gem! Occasionally these turn up in my searches, and it is a pleasure to add them to the catalogue.

How can Conductive Education Programs improve employment outcomes for adults with physical disabilities?

Patricia Herbst
Power point presentation

Conductive Education and curriculum: complete responses to Discussion Forum [held at Where Worlds Collide conference, NY].
Columbia University Teachers College
pdf document

How important is research in Conductive Education? Complete responses to Discussion Forum [held at Where Worlds Collide conference, NY].
Columbia University Teachers College
pdf document

Conductive summer programme
Pető Institute
pdf document

Evaluation of a Conductive Education intervention for children with profound multiple disabilities in a residential children’s home in South Africa
Sabrina Twilhaar

Does Conductive Education have a distinctive view of cerebral palsy?
Norman Perrin
Blog posting

Másfél hónap Perzsiában: Magyarisztán gyógyszere a világnak
Zoltán Szobota
Journal article

Assessment of effect of conductive education (CE) on gross motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy (3-6 year olds),[In Persian]
H. Dalvand, and others
Journal article

POHI (Physical or Other Health Impairment) Major [conductor training course]
Aquinas College
Website document

Query: Is there any evidence that Conductive Education is effective to improve functioning for children with cerebral palsy and brain injury and motor disorders?
Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit
Website document

Conductive Education and its relationship for riding for the disabled.
Author not given
Blog posting

The International course on Conductive Education at The Pető András State Institute for Conductive Education, Budapest
Jenny Macdonald
Journal article

Cerebral palsy; a bibliography
Gillian |Maguire
pdf document

Group upbringing goes West ; a diversion
Andrew Sutton
Seminar paper

A continuing journey – the education of children with cerebral palsy
Norman Perrin
pdf document

Conductive Education; maximising independence
Eszter Agocs
Journal article

To find these items just go to and search the catalogue by author or words from the  title

Conductive Education appearing in unexpected places

I was searching for more references for the Virtual Library catalogue and  found one in an unexpected place. An online journal, Advances in Bio-Medical Sciences. On checking the list of references in this article, I found another unexpected source, the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 

On going to the second journal’s website I found membership is needed to find out more and so I have written in to ask for help.

I will let you know how I get on.

It shows how  articles are now popping up in all sorts of publications.

Have you found any?


Olama, K. (2013) Role of Conductive Education on gait in hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Advances in Bio-medical Sciences

Patriquin D.A .(2000) Conductive Education approaches to cerebral palsy. J Am Osteopath. Assoc. 12 : 92-95.

New books to come from Conductive Education Press

I can hardly believe that it is nearly a year ago that the book András Pető was published and, after a brief respite to re-charge our batteries, we have been planning and preparing titles for 2013.
The first, due out very soon, is a quotationary titled:
CEP Quotationary of András Pető  and his Conductive Education.
Birmingham: Conductive Education Press. ISBN 978-0-9569948-5-1
This contains over 300 quotations by 40 people, (including András Pető) from 15 different sources. You can imagine that it has taken quite a while to assemble these quotations, arrange, and reference them. Soon you will be able to see them for yourselves and learn more about this complex man and the origins of conductive pedagogy.
The second, is a collection of blog postings by Ralph Strzałkowski:
Strzałkowski, R. (2013) Never never quit; my Conductive Education. Pieces of mind, memories and opinions from the desk of Ralph Strzałkowski Esq, Lawyer on Wheels.
Birmingham: Conductive Education Press. ISBN  978-0-9569948-6-8
Ralph’s own recent announcement of this on his blog can be found at:
Ralph attended the Pető Institute as a young boy and reports, reflects and examines his experiences there, what Conductive Education has done for him and how it continues to influence his life. This is possibly the first such personal account of a child’s experiences of Conductive Education, certainly in English.
A third new title is in the pipeline, and will be out round Christmas or the New Year.
More information will be posted soon.
Watch this space.

Conductive Education pocket book

Today I was told about a new book about Conductive Education –

The Conductive Education pocket book.

This can be found at

Jessica Kate Noel  produced this in August 2012 for her Masters project in Advanced Architectural design at the University of Strathclyde. It is  based on her experiences as a conductive education assistant at the Lighthouse Summer School.

The introduction states  :

A simple reminder of  programmes and tasks as practiced at the Lighthouse Trust Summer School

Examples of lying, standing, sitting, and moving from ‘a to b’ are included with illustrations.

New book coming soon from Conductive Education Press

A few months ago the possibility of publishing a book of blog postings made by Ralph Strzalkowski about his time at the Pető Institute, and his life as a man with cerebral palsy was put to Ralph by Conductive Education Press, and he agreed. Since then we have extracted relevant postings and intend to publish at the time  of the forthcoming CE World Congress, in October, at which Ralph will be a key-note speaker.

Today Ralph has posted on his blog his thoughts about this at

This book may be an eye-opener, as a child’s  perspective of Conductive Education has not been published before. Parents, professionals and researchers have all reported their experiences, thoughts, and opinions, but the memories and experiences of the children have not featured in CE literature. A very different and interesting perspective.

Ralph shows himself to be determined, realistic, hard-working  and personifies Pető’s principle that ‘you should never give up’.
Further information about the book will follow soon. Watch this space.

Conductive Education Press now a ‘proper’ publisher

Conductive Education Press has  now published five titles

and is now considered a ‘proper’ publisher as we discovered on receiving a letter from the Agency for Legal deposit Libraries (ALDL).

At ALDL’s request  I have posted off several copies of two of Conductive Education Press’ titles  to the Agency. Copies of the other titles will be sent too. The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 and the Irish Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 make it a legal obligation  for copies of new UK publications to be deposited with the Bodleian Library Oxford University, Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and Trinity College Dublin and the Agency makes sure these obligations are met. This means  that Conductive Education Press is now a ‘proper’ publishing house and its books will now be a part of the above august national collections.
I had already been sending copies  of our publications to the British Library depository in Yorkshire,  mistakenly thinking that this was all we had to do.
Now we know the correct way is to send to ALL of the above and, naturally, will concur. How nice to know that Conductive Education Press’s books  will now be  part of the historical record of British publishing.

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.

Please write, write, write on Conductive Education

Yesterday I read a parent’s blog via a link from Andrew Sutton’s blog, saying how much she liked to read, and how keen she was to read about Conductive Education and how it could help her.

I responded saying to get in touch with me for suggestions. Later I realised that I might be offering false hope as Andrew had already mentioned Dina, the only really useful item of any substance. As you probably all know, the literature of Conductive Education is very limited, and anything worth reading at any level even more limited. I managed to collect as much as I could for the National Library of Conductive Education whilst the librarian there, but this was everything for the record rather than just all the ‘good stuff’.

What can I suggest? I did produce a list titled Parents Experiences of Conductive Education, but this was mainly unpublished accounts of the results and improvements made by their children after recieving Conductive Education, rather than practical explanations of what actually the conductors did. Anyone wishing to know more about this list should contact me. All items are (or were when I left) in the National Library of Conductive Education at NICE in Birmingham. Other than this, Dina and possible some parents’ blogs ( I hope to compile a list of these soon), I can think of nothing. Suggestions would be very welcome as new material may be out there that I do not know about.

Previously on this blog I have called for conductors to write about what they do, explain their practice and offer guidance to parents, or anyone else interested in how it works, in this way. There seems to be a reluctance to do this in case others use the information to ‘practise’ it themselves by offering services with ‘the principles of Conductive Education,’ as expressed in one comment on my posting.

So I ask again, please do write, as one conductor does already, at Help us all to understand and be able to explain to others why it is such a wonderful system. Anyone can write down what they do, no prior knowledge or experience is necessary to report and explain.

Research and academic material is still needed but that is a completely different ball game!

So please write, write, write so we can all read and learn, learn, learn.

Just do it!


A new book on Conductive Education has just been published.

Twenty-one graduates of the Wolverhampton University/Foundation for Conductive Education degree course have contributed to this collection edited by Andrew Sutton and Gillian Maguire.

Mandy Elliott, Lisa Gombinsky, Rachael Skinner, Susanna Woo, Julia McDonald, Rebekah Wilkinson, Stephanie Driver, Eszter Richardson, Annamaria Berger, Kate Burke, Hannah Davies, Ingvild Froeysang, Anne-Christiane Wittig, Beth Brydon, Becky Featherstone, Marthe Gulbrandsen, Ben Foulger, Philippa Crane, Chloe Hicks, Lil Hege Skjerpen and Natalie Ibarguen-Sanchez have written about their experiences as new conductors.
The book costs £ 7.50 plus postage and packing and is published by Conductive Education Press:

Sutton, A. and Maguire, G., eds. (2009) Just do it! Young conductors in their new world. Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.

Another new book on Conductive Education

Another book (details below), written in German has just been published and is available from Amazon at

It is expensive – priced at $87.00 – and has 144 pages. More than that I cannot say as I have not seen it, but I will be very interested to receive any comments or information about this book which I can pass on.

Schwarzenbacher, S. (2009) Konduktiv mehrfach- therapeutische Förderung nach Petö und Keil: Theorie – Praxis – Effektivität. VDM-Verlag. ISBN-10: 3639206614 ISBN-13: 978-3639206616