What is Conductive Education?

Conductive Education is a system of learning that improves motor skills for those with motor disorders resulting from damage or disease to the central nervous system. It is not a cure. It is not a major medical breakthrough. It is not even a therapy, but a series of repetitive tasks and education that addresses basic functional movements in a small group setting.

How Does Conductive Education Work?

Conductive Education approaches problems of movement as problems of learning. The learning and development of movement, speech, and mental ability are approached simultaneously over a period to achieve recognized goals. Conductive Education’s intensive group approach is aimed at creating new neurological pathways to overcome significant damage.

What is the Goal of Conductive Education?

The goal of Conductive Education is to give the child with motor disabilities greater independence in the activities of daily life. Conductive Education looks for ways in which each child can develop purposeful movement, operating on the premise that, although the human body may have limitations, the human mind does not.

What Life Skills does Conductive Education Address?

Conductive Education addresses skills in dressing, eating, and hygiene as well as play and learning. Conductive Education strives to equip children with the opportunity to actively experience childhood as other children do.

What Can I Expect in This Program?

The program works with the whole person; that is, the individual’s developmental needs are addressed from a cognitive, psychological, emotional and physical perspective. After the individual is assessed by a conductor, specific goals are set for the child. Each person’s route and timeline toward maximum independence depends on many factors, including the support of the family, the persons’ motivation, the type and severity of the disability and the age of the person.

Why Does the Program Use a Group Setting?

Conductive education uses the dynamics of group interaction. This setting provides the opportunity for individual to motivate and learn from each other, while in an age-appropriate setting that allows social interaction. For adults we have a 1-to1 program.

What Specialized Training do the Conductors Have? Are they Therapists?

Conductors have been trained at the International Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary, receiving elementary education and special education credentials, which are recognized in the U.S. While the conductors are not American credentialed therapists, the training received at the Peto Institute parallels many parts of what physical, occupational and speech therapists receive in the U.S.

What Type of Disability Does This Program Best Help?

Conductive Education (CE) generally works with those individuals who have motor skill disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, however, CE is also beneficial for those with Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and traumatic/acquired brain injury. Candidates for CE should be able to show basic cognitive skills and should show signs of understanding and following verbal communication and simple instruction.

What is the History of Conductive Education?

Conductive Education was developed in 1948 by Dr. Andras Petö at the Petö Institute in Budapest, Hungary and is founded on the belief that motor disabled children can learn and develop physical movement through repetitive skill exercises. While “healthy children” learn physical movement through assimilation within their peer groups, the motor disabled child must be taught to develop these same movements as a skill set. Petö’s intricately devised learning program utilizes specially trained Conductors who guide and motivate the child through active moving patterns that are eventually integrated into the daily activities of life.

The Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati is a Not-for-Profit Corporation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code. The School offers conductive education methodology as an educational option to students diagnosed with neurological based motor impairments, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges.

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