Founded in the 1940s by Hungarian Professor Andras Peto, Conductive Education assumes motor disorders are learning disabilities. Because of this, Conductive Education programmes are not medically based, but task orientated. They take into account that those with special needs have extra and different learning needs to accomplish actions.
Conductive Education has been taught in the United Kingdom for the past 35 years.
“Millie was diagnosed with left-side hemiplegia in July 2017. At that time I thought that my world had ended. I wondered how she would cope, how I would cope, whether she would have a decent quality of life, and whether she would be accepted by those around her, or marginalised because of her differences. The Charity welcomed us with open arms into its extended family. Millie has benefited hugely from Conductive Education sessions. She has gained confidence and independence, particularly with her gross motor skills. She loves bouncing on the trampoline and climbing the ladder in her sessions.” Roz Cotter.
The most striking difference between Conductive Education and coventional teaching is that it is not a therapy, or a treatment. It is a comprehensive method of learning by which individuals with neurological and mobility impairment, such as cerebral palsy, learn to specifically and consciously perform actions that children without such impairment learn through normal life experiences.
“Our beautiful miracle of a daughter, Teillet, continues to amaze us with her unbelievable progress towards fulfilling her potential. I know without question of a doubt that our joyfully, happy, insanely determined and crazily independent girl would not have achieved a great deal of any of this progess without Conductive Education. The foundations that were laid at Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, when she was just two years old continue to be built upon each and every day and I have do idea what we would have done, or who Teillet would be without them.” Rebecca Ward.
Conductive Education aims to enable children to change their outlook and approach to problem solving. By experiencing success, they discover that they can find their own solutions to many problems of daily living.
We focus on the whole child, considering physical (gross and fine motor) skills, speech and language and social interaction challenges.
“Conductive Education was the real beginning and starting point for Abbie to becoming a Paralympian. From 9 months old together, Abbie and the family worked hard to ensure she maximised her potential and physically grew strong and healthy. Conductive Education was a major part of the development and without it I am sure she would never have achieved so much in her life.” Mark Hunnisett, father and coach.