World Congress 2013

Presentation on Conductive Education published in German last month

Last week I discovered via a Facebook posting

that a CE presentation made at the World Congress in Munich, 2013 by Beate Höß-Zenker und Mariann Stelczerne-Oberszt  has been published in German as part of a  book on  children with complex disabilities,

Leben pur – Aktivität und Kreativität bei Menschen mit komplexer Behinderung: verlag selbstbestimmtes leben. [Life Pure – activity and creativity in people with complex disabilities:  Self-determined life], published by Bundesverband f. körper- u. mehrfachbehinderte Menschen.

This book is available priced 17.40 euros  via Amazon  at

I do not know the title of the presentation or anything about its contents, but am hoping to see a copy of the book or presentation soon.

Items added to the Virtual Library Catalogue, Summer 2015

At last after all my technical problems (thank you for sorting it, Ben) I am able to post a list of new items in the Virtual Library Catalogue.

It is the usual mixture of journal articles, papers, leaflets and also this time, some abstracts and poster presentations from the World Congress of Conductive Education in Munich, 2013.


Physios? conduct called into question
Louise Hunt
magazine article

Conductive Education literature review
Rony Schenker
Website document

Dina eine Mutter praktiziert die Konduktive Pädagogik (Petö-System)
K. Dittmer
Book review

“Alternative” treatments for children with disabilities: thoughts from the trenches
Peter Rosenbaum
Journal article

Conductive Education, a parent’s perspective
Celeste Repasky
Journal article

Die Konduktiv Mehrfachtherapeutische Förderung für cerebral bewegungsgestörte Kinder im Schulalte
Bettina Tautscher-Fak
Website article

Parkinson’s disease and Conductive Education
Melanie Brown
Website article

Peace building; part II
Eirwen Harbottle
date unknown
Website article

Zur Konduktiven Förderung von Kindern mit cerebralen Bewegungsstörungen
Kurt Kallenbach
Website article

Two steps forward
Nicky Broyd
Newspaper article

Children with special educational needs: the position in Spain.
Adrienn Deák
Journal article

Arguments and counter arguments concerning the integrated education of people with motor disorder.
Adrienn Deák
Journal article

Some thoughts about visual education in kindergarten of cerebral palsy children
Júlia Horváth
Journal article

Incorporating sensory technique in a Conductive Education program
Josephine Boggs and Jennifer Fliegel
Conference poster presentation

Finding balance between Conductive Education and academic education
Conference paper abstract

Comparing movement development in children with CP enrolled in transdisciplinary CE to children with CP receiving traditional therapy in the USA
Roberta O’Shea and Peter Pidcoe
Conference paper abstract

Adapting Conductive Education in Canada
Brent Page
Poster presentation

The success of ACENA
Anne Wittig and David Dvorak
Poster presentation

The replication of the system of Conductive Education in the United States; conductor-teacher training program in Michigan
Andrea Benyovszky and Andrea Swiger
Poster presentation

The replication of the conductive education practice in Michigan USA
Andrea Benyovszky and Elizabeth Filkins
Poster presentation

Conductive Education factsheet
Capability Scotland


Please go to

to access these and the other 566 items

Norman Perrin named as an honorary conductor for 2013

The World Congress of Conductive Education takes place every three years and the next one will be in October this year in Munich.

At these congresses a number of people are awarded honorary conductor status for their contributions to Conductive Education. The first group of these, announced in 1990 at the First World Congress in Budapest, included Andrew Sutton, and I was surprised to be included myself in  2010.

This year Norman Perrin, a British parent who established and runs his own centre, Paces, in Sheffield, Yorkshire has been named as honorary conductor. Norman, parent of Sarah, who has cerebral palsy, has worked tirelessly for Conductive Education since the late 1980s publicising its benefits, attending conferences and meetings, lobbying politicians,writing papers, and now his blog, whilst dealing with the day to day running of Paces.
In the past there have usually been a number of people selected, but I have looked on the Congress website, the International Pető Association website and the Pető Institute website to try and discover who this year’s might be, but without success. There is nothing there, maybe it will come later.

In the meantime, congratulations, Norman, a well deserved honour!

Royal support for 8th World Conductive Education Congress

A welcome message by Princess Ursula of Bavaria has been posted on the 8th World Conductive Education Congress website expressing support for Conductive Education. She is the patron of FortSchritt in Niederpöcking and calls for the support of  parents and professionals in the development of funding for training and development of Conductive Education in Germany to be expressed at the Congress in Munich and says :
The 8th World Congress on Conductive Education which will take place in Munich in 2013 – after Gothenburg and Hong Kong – is a unique chance to demonstrate presence in the public in a transnational way. We hope to increase the acceptance and to create a strong pressure group for the conductive education by panel discussions with politicians and representatives of public health insurances and cure associations.

Your personal commitment will be most important. Please take the time to visit the 8th World Congress on Conductive Education in Munich and bring in your demands as a person concerned or as parents


It will be interesting to see how much response this gets and how many parents and professionals do attend the confrence in October 2013. In the past these congresses have tended to include mostly people working in the field of Conductive Education, of which only a few were parents running centres and services.

A wider audience may encourage wider discussion.

Conductive Education World Congress, 8, 2013 – latest information

It is a year now since the 7th World Congress for Conductive Education, that was held in Hong Kong, and the German hosts of the 8th Congress, to be held in 2013, are starting to get organised and prepared for it.

A website was established earlier in the year

announcing the basic details and information to come with a very colourful logo. Since then an English language flyer has been posted on Phoenix Konductive Forderung’s website:

This has produced some comments online:

On reading the leaflet I am inclined to agree with both of them.

Running and organising the Congress must entail a huge amount of work, and be a massive management and administrative operation, especially if all the documentation, flyers, programme, letters etc are needed in what is not the first language of the host country. The first Congress to have a website, I believe, was the 6th . .Those involved in organising this put together a website containing all the necessary information that would be required in good English:

 SAHK in Hong Kong became the hosts of the 7th Congress. I attended this one and was very impressed by all the material produced, the pre-Congress administration, the organisation of the whole event and of course their amazing website – all in English. A hard act to follow.

The Germans have to follow this and I don’t envy them the task! It is important for them and those wanting to find out information about the event that the language is right, and it is vital for the reputation of Conductive Education. The International Pető Association oversees the event so perhaps this can offer some help with this from its membership so that after the next 22 months of preparation the organisers will present a Congress they, and the whole of Conductive Education will be proud of.