Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati
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Programs for Children and Adults
Conductive Education (CE) approaches motor disabilities from an educational perspective, rather than a medical, paramedical perspective, which enables the child and adult with motor disabilities to grow to their natural environment rather than wait for to be adapted to them.
The focus is on the global development of the person, paying particular attention to the integration and development of motor, intellectual, social and academic skills. This development is rooted in the inherent adaptive power of the brain and neurological system. As the brain is faced with obstacles, it finds alternate pathways of sending messages to the various muscle groups in order to create desired movements. CE is dedicated to providing the opportunities an individual needs for this growth to occur.
Conductive education promotes the comprehensive development of the child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive self. This is done through active learning and the continual practice of functional skills. The activities are tailored to meet the need of each child’s unique ability. Goals are set for each person and gradually upgraded to promote the development of skills, including fine and gross motor, self-care, communication, academic and social.
The significant element of conductive education is the group environment. Members of the group motivate each other while focusing on their individual goals. Children are grouped together by age and ability.
Focuses on the fundamental skills of relaxing the body, coordinating and isolating the limbs, movements, muscle strengthening, and mobility.
Designed to improve balance and isolated movements while in the sitting position. During the program, the adult or child sit on stools and engage in fine and gross motor activities.
Focuses on transitional movements (sitting to standing, shifting from left to right, letting go to grabbing…) to improve weight bearing and balance.
Focuses on coordinating the components of the speech process, including voice production and airflow. To achieve this, each person will be challenged by exercising facial expressions, blowing, sucking and sound production. While this program focuses solely on matters of speech, children are continually practicing these skills throughout the day by verbally participating in activities and singing songs.
Allows an individual to focus specific goals or tasks at their own pace.
Each person uses an appropriate device and/or physical help to take steps. Each step is looked at individually and divided into stages. The primary goal of this program is not simply to walk but to improve overall coordination.
Throughout each day adults and children are given opportunities to learn and practice self-care skills, including toilet-training, hand washing, teeth brushing, dressing and undressing.
One of the most essential activities in daily living and is an important program in conductive education. During this time there are many different areas and skills being focused on, including self-feeding, correct biting, chewing and swallowing. While this program focuses on eating, it also provides an opportunity for the person to practice and improve areas of learning that extend beyond mealtime: for instance, eating works on an oral musculature level, which helps the person improve speech articulation and facial expression. Another example is that the person is using utensils and drinks using an open cup, which promotes hand-eye coordination.
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