Celebrating 70 years of Conductive Education
This year, we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of conductive education, the specialist learning approach that can transform the lives of people with movement disorders. Conductive Education Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness and highlight the benefits of the unique learning programme, runs from March 15th to 22nd.
Conductive Education can be applied throughout a person’s whole life and is traditionally beneficial for those with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, MS, stroke and acquired brain injury. It focuses on potential and ability, rather than an individual’s disability. People with neurological and mobility impairment can learn to perform daily tasks that others learn through normal life experiences.
In addition to CPotential, there are over 30 centres nationally, working with more than 2,000 children and adults combined. Conductive Education can have an extraordinary impact on children, and their families, who attend the specialist sessions. Here is a story about Ryan…
Ryan was born prematurely and was diagnosed with global development delay. This means he has difficulty with balance, coordination, walking independently and communication. He’s been coming to the Centre with his mum, Jenya, once a week to group sessions since February 2019.
Jenya says: “I think Conductive Education has helped Ryan physically – he sees it all as playing games without realising that he’s actually working very hard! He loves crawling through the tunnel and walking along the bars. The Conductors are ever so approachable, and they’ve shown me how to carry on the activities at home.”
Now aged 4, Ryan can get up from sitting with less support and is much steadier on his feet, which means mum can relax so much more. It’s helped with his attention span and being around the other children has been great for his social skills.
CPotential was established in 1963 and we are delighted to be part of a national network of conductive education centres, including schools and sessional services, working with 60 children and their families each year.
Director of Clinical Services, Finn Emmerson says, “We have worked with children and their families from London and the home counties since 1963. We strive to provide what families need in our ever-changing world and we hope to do so for many more years to come. We are always eager to show people what we do – and to demonstrate the life-changing outcomes we achieve.”
If you or anyone you know would like to find out how CPotential could support you and your child, or you would like to support the charity, please get in touch.
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