Conductive Education

Cayla’s physio Megan has been here to see us and is happy with her progress. However, as Cayla is still quite stiff in her calf muscles she suggested that Botox would be beneficial sometime in the near future. Botox only lasts about 4-6 months and it has now been six months since Dr Whitewood gave her first injection in July last year. You can read about that here and here.
Megan is putting together a home-plan with activities and games that will make Cayla put more weight on her left foot which will be good. We’re seeing Megan this week again and also meeting the new speech pathologist in our team of therapists.

I will spend most of this year doing as much therapy with Cayla as possible to prepare her for school (kindy) next year. Here in Perth kids start school the year they turn four. It’s only 2-3 days a week depending on school and the kids are doing lots of playing, painting, name writing, art and craft, baking and so on.
I am currently looking into something called ‘Conductive Education’ (CE), which is a unique system of special education and rehabilitation. The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (TCCP) is not offering this therapy but have informed me about two places here in Perth that do so. One is Carson Street School and the other is private practice owned by a lady called Ildiko Szivek. I will contact both places in the next couple of weeks to find out if they believe this type of education/therapy would be beneficial for Cayla.
I should mention that I’m only after the 1-2 hour/week group sessions that Carson st school is offering. I think it would be great to take Cayla to a place where they do more intensive training compared to a normal dancing class or gymba roo for example. She hasn’t got any problems with controlling and coordinating her movements which is what this type of therapy really concentrate on so not quite sure if these group sessions can help with speech delay/difficulties as well.

Conductive Education is a learning process that was developed in Hungary in the 1950’s by Professor Adras Peto. It is a holistic approach that aims to help children with motor disorders learn how to overcome problems of movement, enabling them to function more independently. The basis is that Conductive Education works with each individual and his or her personal criteria with an intensive training both in groups or individually. Movement, communication and cognitive development are in focus. With an improved movement pattern, the potential is opened for development and learning. Conductive Education sees the child as a whole, recognising that each area of development impacts on the next. Physical skills, play skills, communication, social interaction, exploration and self-care skills are all developed within a fully integrated programme, planned by the Teacher-Conductor. A conductor undergoes a four-year academic course in conductive education that specialises in neurological injuries and will have a qualification from the International Petö Institute in Budapest or The National Istitute of Conductive Education in England.
Essentially, it is about developing a “can do” attitude – an active, problem solving approach to life and an adaptable, flexible nature in order to cope with the daily challenges life throws up – from walking, dressing, eating and personal hygiene to communicating, exploring the environment and engaging with activities and resources across all learning areas. You can read more about Conductive Education here and here. And in Swedish here.


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6 thoughts on “Conductive Education

  1. My little brother has done CE for years, which is how I got into it. We are always very happy with the progress he makes during/after camps. We have found it to be the most helpful thing for him, especially more helpful than any traditional therapy. I am currently training at NICE to be a conductor so that I can help make CE more available :)

  2. Have you looked into Telethon Speech and Hearing? They have a great support network and wonderful speech programs for children with speech delays and issues. They also have an occupational therapist available to all parents and children at sessions and kids have access to an amazing gym with incredible resources. Our little boy is starting their 3yr old ‘Talkabout’ program this year. It’s run like a playgroup (small numbers) where children play, interact and develop social skills, but also have access to speech therapists, OTs etc. Parents also are provided with help where needed. Maybe worth a look if you’re concerned?

    • Hi Rjay, thank you so much for this information! I have just had a look at their website and will contact them on Monday for sure :) Both the Talkabout program and also the kindergarden program looks very interesting. Love that you are all sharing your thougths and information – big thanks!

  3. wow – never heard of CE = sounds wonderful. what sort of CP does your daughter have? she stands very well! does she walk well independently? if so – when did she begin? one of my 3 yr old twins is spastic diplegic (spelling?). a physical therapist visits our home once a week. (she also has pink braces :o). enjoyed your post –

    • Hi Zenmanjo! Thanks for visiting my blog :) Cayla has got left hemiplegia but she can use her hand very well so it’s mainly affecting her left foot (walking up on her toes a bit). After she had her first botox injection in July last year (at 27 months) she was off walking, then running and now nearly jumping! CE is from what I’ve heard great for kids with cerebral palsy. If Cayla had lots of problems with movement I would definitely try this type of therapy :) Where abouts are you guys living?
      Feel free to email me at hannabeach@hotmail.com if you have any more questions :) xx

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