Pető András

Air, food, experience and Conductive Education

Today a very interesting, personal piece written by Judit Szathmary, a very experienced conductor and service provider, has gone up on Facebook . It is the November issue of her Digest  and she gives the link from her website for technical reasons.

She writes about air, food and experience and how these things interact with, and are part of, Conductive Education. Do read it and see life from a different perspective.

Fifty years since András Pető died

Yesterday Andrew Sutton posted about a piece about the anniversary of  András Pető’s  death from a Hungarian newspaper.

This morning I have been trying to find the source of the quote that was used as it was one I had not heard before.

TOMORROW IS AP'S BIRTHDAY11 September „Nem kézzel kell segíteni, hanem szívvel”[You should not help with the hand, but with the heart']A very nice aphorism in the run-up:

Posted by Andrew Sutton on Sunday, 10 September 2017

I was not successful in finding that, but did find that an English translation of the article is available if you put the Hungarian article into Google translate.

I will keep an eye out for any other items on the subject.


Some new books on Conductive Education

I have been building a library of items on Conductive Education for Conduction over the past few years. It is growing nicely now and becoming a respectable collection of books, articles, papers etc both published, and unpublished.

Today I was given two new items to add. The first is a new book in Hungarian published by Pető András Főiskola [Pető András College] in Budapest, entitled:

Tanulmányok a konduktív peadagógia köréből;A Hári Mária-pályázat gyűjteményéből. 

The welcome page of the book [translated for me into English] states:

Hari Maria is a role model for all of us because of her devoted work for sustaining and protecting the Peto method. Therefore it is not accidental that, in recognition and respect of her professional work and humanity we called the first Hari Maria competition.

This book contains papers which were submitted and accepted by professional judges –  and were written by this famous institute’s lecturers, conductors and students.

This collection of papers about Conductive Education and Pető András makes  a substantial book of 446 pages with illustrations, some black and white, some coloured. 

The second, was the abstract book for the 9th World Congress on Conductive Education which was held in Budapest , December 2016.

Other recent additions are Emlékkönyv Dr Hári Mária 1923-2001,


Genesis; bringing Conductive Education to Israel.

This increasing number of books on Conductive Education is good to see after years of very little being published.


Deák, Adrienn. and Kollega, Tarsoly István., ed. (2016) Tanulmányok a konduktív peadagógia köréből; a Hári Mária-pályázat gyűjteményéből.[Studies from the conductive pedagógia; from the collection of papers from the Hari Maria competition] Budapest: Pető András Főiskola.

Balogh, E and Németh, G. ed., (2016) Abstract book of 9th World Congress on Conductive Education. Budapest: International Pető Association.

Kollega, T.I. ed. (2014) Emlékkönyv Dr Hári Mária 1923-2001. Budapest: Pető András Főiskola [In memory of Dr Hári Mária]

Schenker, R., ed. (2016) Genesis; bringing Conductive Education to Israel. Birmingham: CEP and Jerusalem: Tsad Kadima.

Free e-books on Conductive Education – a warning

I received an Alert from Google re the availability of a free download of a book on Conductive Education at the following URL:

This states:

Andras Peto: Personal Recollections from Close Associates and Colleagues of Andras Peto and the Development of His Pedagogic Method Now Known as Conductive Education

Author: Gillian Maguire
publisher: Conductive Education Press
number Of Pages: 281
ISBN-10: 0956994849
ISBN-13: 9780956994844


Free signup required to download or reading online Andras Peto: Personal Recollections from Close Associates and Colleagues of Andras Peto and the Development of His Pedagogic Method Now Known as Conductive Education book.

Please note no files are hosted in our server. All document files are the property of their respective owners.

As you can imagine this was a surprise and very worrying. Details of the book are wrong  and it also gives my name as author.  Totally WRONG. Not only is the information wrong, but the book is not free at all in any shape or form. If you follow through the instructions you will give personal details which will leave your computer,  and you, open to all sorts of hacking and intrusion.


Please ignore this  if you get it


I have seen items like this in the past for Conductive Education books, e.g. Conductive Education by Hari and Akos, Adult Conductive Education by Brown and Mikula-Toth,  Adult Hemiplegia by Ester Cotton and a part of the Birmingham Research project of 1993. None of these are available either, in fact I am sure there are NO FREE DOWNLOADS of any book on Conductive Education.


If you  would like a copy of the real  published book,  Andras Peto  compiled and edited by Gillian Maguire and Andrew Sutton, please click on the following link and order a copy.

What do we know about András Pető?

Those of you who are following Andrew’s and Susie’s blogs, will have realised that knowledge of András Pető the man is very skimpy indeed with a lot based on hearsay and comments of those who actually knew him. He gave very little away and much of the personal information we have is reminiscences, often contradictory, and not factual evidence.I have compiled a list of material in held in the National Library which includes unpublished material, newspaper articles, contributions to books and also some items written by the man himself. These are in a variety of languages – English, Hungarian, German, Swedish and Norwegian. A student conductor in the late 1980s did start to investigate his life and work but never finished (Szorenyi, 1990; 1994), Judit Forrai published a collection of reminiscences (1999), and Mária Hári (who spoke at his funeral) produced several accounts of his life and establishment of what became the Pető Institute.As you will see very little published material by Pető has been traced so far, but further discoveries may be made in the future. In the 1920s and 1930s he published under a variety of pseudonyms, some of which are included in the list below.

I am sure this is not everything and would welcome any information about other pieces, and especially copies of such items, that would make useful additions to my collection.

Pető the man

Ákos, K. and Ákos, M.(1997) The enigmatic Dr. Pető. The Conductor, 6(3-4),
pp.49-55.Anon (1993) In memoriam Pető. In International Pető Institute, Pető András (1893-1993), Budapest: International Pető Institute, pp.30-37.

Anon (2000) Pető an König. Fortschritt, nos.2-3, p10.
Anon (2006) András Pető. [online] Wikipedia Fooundation. Accessed 20 December 2006., W. and others (1977) András Pető. In Bachmann, W., and others, Biographies of Hungarian special educators. Rheinstetten: Schindele, pp.94-95.

Balogh, M. and Ocsenás, T. (2001) Hungarians of the century: András Pető. In International Pető Institute, Abstracts of the 4th World Congress on Conductive Education. Budapest: International Pető Institute, p13.
Billington, I. (2003) András Pető. In Billington, I., Petö-metoden – en tverrfaglig utfordring. Oslo: N.W.Damm & Søn, pp.26-28.
Bíró, K. (1993) Remembering András Pető. In International Pető Institute, Pető András (1893-1993). Budapest: International Pető Institute, pp.16-23.Dévai, J. (1997) The first years with András Pető. Unpublished paper.

Dezséry, L. (1962) About a wonderful school. Magyar Hétköznapok, 29 May.

Fekete, G. (1970) Professor Pető’s legacy. Népszabadság, 31 October, p.6.
Forrai, J. (1999) Memoirs of the beginnings of conductive pedagogy and András Pető. Budapest: Új Aranyhíd and Foundation for Conductive Education.
Forster, V. (1997) A view from the past. The Conductor, 6(3-4), pp.43-48.György, I. (1967) The man to whom there were no hopeless cases. Népszabadság, 13 September, p.11.

Halász, Z. (1965) Home thoughts from across the Channel. [Brief mention of Pető, pp.112-113.] New Hungarian Quarterly pp.100-113.

Hári, M. (1996) In memory of Pető. Pető Magazine, Summer, pp.5-8.

Hári, M. (1997) A konduktív pedagógia története. Budapest: MPANNI.

Hári, M. (1999) Die Geschichte der konduktiven Pädagogik. Budapest: International Pető Institute.
Hári, M. (2001) The history of Conductive Education. Conductive Education Occasional Papers, supplement 2. Budapest: International Pető Institute.
Hári, M., and others (1991) The origins of Conductive Education. In Hári, M., and others, A konduktív pedagógiai rendszer, Budapest: International Pető Institute,pp.9-20 and 212-213.
Harris, C. (1989) Pető – friend of the CP child. Therapy Weekly, 15 June, p.6.Horváth, J. (1997) András Pető; a brief biographical sketch. In Taylor, M. and Horváth, J., ed., Conductive Education occasional papers, no.1. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books, pp.1-6.

International Pető Institute (1999) Who was András Pető? (Accessed 25 October 1999)

International Pető Institute (1993) Pető András (1893-1993). Budapest: International Pető Institute.

Kapronczay, K. (1993) Remembering András Pető. In International Pető Institute, Pető András (1893-1993), Budapest: International Pető Institute, pp.24-29.

Kenyeres, A., ed. (1985) András Pető. In Kenyeres, A., ed. Magyar Életrajzi Lexikon. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, pp.613-614.

Kerényi, P. (1989) Pető, the man. Hungarian Observer, 3 (2), p5.

Lehnhardt, R. (1965) Lebenshilfe für Bewegungsversehrte. Schwabische Zeitung, p? [English translation in The Conductor, 4(4), 1992, p65.]

Liljeroth, I. (2004) Pető’s liv fram till starten av KP. In Liljeroth, I. Konduktiv pedagogik. Goteberg: Bräcke Diakoni, pp.19-22.

Liphart, A. (1993) From András Pető to the Pető Institute. Unpublished paper. [English summary by R. Szörenyi of a programme broadcast by Izülőföldünk, 10 September]

Medveczky, E. (2006) Dr András Pető. In Medveczky, E. Conductive Education as an educational method of neurorehabilitation. Budapest: International Pető Institute, pp.11-13.

Mallet, S. (2008) Angels and souls, to me its one and the same. Nurnberg: Mallett.[online]

Nádas, P. (1967) A man dies. Pest Megyei Hírlap, p?

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION (2000) András Pető 1893-1967; a selection of items from periodicals and the Hungarian press. Unpublished collection.

Papp, C. The spirit, rehabilitation and character formation. Magyarország, 1 October, p.24.

Pintér, G. (2003) András Pető and Jacob Levi Moreno. In Balogh, E. and Kozma, I., ed. Conductive Education Occasional Papers no.10. Budapest: International Pető Institute, pp.1-12.

Popper, P. (2001) Buddha Budapesten. In Popper, P. Holdidő. Budapest: Saxum, pp.51-70.

Ruffy, P. (1967) Professor Dr András Pető. Magyar Nemzet, 15 August, p?

Ruffy, P. (1974) Nagyszerü mérges ember. In Ruffy, P. Úttalan utakon. Budapest: Szépirodalmi Könyvkiadó, pp.97-102.

Ruffy, P. (1987) An angry man with the face of Buddha; András Pető. Magyar Nemzet, 4 July, pp.8-9.

Sarkány, J. (1994) Memories of Dr András Pető. The Conductor, 5(3-4), pp.75-76.

Sutton, A. (2000) The mysterious András Pető; report on the literary evening.
Unpublished paper.

Sutton, A. (2008) Dialogue with Judit 1. Birmingham: Sutton. [online]

Sutton, A. (2008) Dialogue with Judit 2. Birmingham: Sutton. [online]

Szörenyi, R. (1990) A portrait sketch of András Pető, founder of Conductive Education. Unpublished paper.

Szörenyi, R. (1994) Bibliography of Pető’s works1921-1935 with chronology of his life 1893-1922. Unpublished paper.

Török, S. (1979) Table talk with Pető. In Török, S. Egy kis kertet szerettem volna. Budapest: Magveto Kiadó, pp.245-259.

Vekerdy, T. The charisma of a maverick healer. New Hungarian Quarterly, 34 (Spring), pp.115-120.

Wikipedia (2008) Pető András. San Francisco: Wikimedia Foundation. [online]

Pető’s Works

Bärnklau, O. (1965) [pseudonym] Unfug der Krankheit. Hanau: Verlag Karl Schustek.

Bärnklau, O. (1965) [pseudonym] Gibt es unheil bare Krankheiten? Nein! Lindau-Bodensee:Rudolph’s Verlagsbuchandlung.

Jernqvist, L., ed. (2005) Pető’s letters to Ester Cotton 1965-1966. Cumbernaud: Jernqvist.

Pető, A. (1921-1935) Papers written under various pseudonyms. Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift, [In German]

Pető, A. (1930-1931) Papers written under various pseudonyms. Biologische Heilkunst, 11, 12. [In German]

Pető, A. (1952) Szoviet mozgásterápia módszerek.[ Paper read at Hungarian Special Education and Training conference, December 1952.] Unpublished paper.

Pető, A. (1955) Curriculum vitae. Unpublished paper.

Pető, A. (1956) Konduktív mozgásterápia mint gyógypedagógia. [Conductive movement therapy as special education] Gyógypedagógia, 1, pp.15-21. [Annotated and abridged version by A. Sutton in The Conductor, 5 (2), 1993, pp.37-39.]

Pető, A. (1959) Letter to Dr. König. [Briefly describes the practice of Conductive Education]. Unpublished paper.

Pető, A. (1962) Bevezető a konduktiv mozgáspedagógiába. Budapest: Tankönyvkiadó.

Pető, A. (1965) Notes on organic neurocare. Unpublished paper.

Pető, A. (1965) Pető’s proverbs. Compiled by E. Cotton. Unpublished paper.

Pető, A. (1965) Pető’s proverbs or truth in a nutshell. Compiled by J. House 1969. Unpublished paper. [A version of those by E. Cotton]