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WHAT IS CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION?

DSCF2547Conductive Education is a unique form of education and rehabilitation, beneficial for children and adults with a range of disabilities, particularly involving physical coordination (motor disorders).   These issues may have occurred before, during or after birth or as a result of an accident, disease or stroke later in life.

Conductive Education is particularly effective for children with Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia or Spina Bifida amongst other conditions and for adults with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Paraplegia and after-stroke conditions.
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People who live with any of these conditions, experience difficulties with coordinating and controlling their movements.  Associated problems often include communication difficulties and sensory impairment.  Motor disorders, particularly when they have been present from birth can also lead to general developmental delay, because individuals aren’t able to access stimulating experiences from which to learn.

Conductive Education aims to address all of these problems and caters for all areas of development – gross motor (rolling, crawling, walking, climbing stairs); hand skills; cognitive; communication/social skills and life skills.  It is based on the concept of human potential – meaning that everyone has the capacity and capability to learn and develop, irrespective of their starting point.  



“Everyone has the ability to learn – the role of Conductive Education is to maximise this ability.”


 

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Conductive Education is a learning process and not a treatment or therapy.  The participants are learning components of  skills, which are needed to meet the challenges of everyday life.  They are active participants in the learning process and not recipients of a treatment. 

Conductive Education is not a miracle cure but focuses on skill development – providing practical support to assist people to develop independence at their own pace.  To be effective Conductive Education requires self-motivation and a degree of hard work.  Conductive Education staff work alongside individuals and families to identify what is important to them, developing a programme to reach goals and encouraging and supporting people to achieve these.

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails