At the heart of conductive education is independence and the idea that “if you do not teach a child to be independent, you teach them to be dependent.” While conductive education emphasizes on the development and achievement of higher bodily control, its ultimate goal is to enable individuals with neuromotor impairments to learn and to achieve a greater sense of accomplishment and functionality and to increase the degree of the physical and psychological well-being of the individual and his or her caregivers.
Within this spirit, conductive education is not narrowly motoric but a holistic approach that synchronizes the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social aspects of human development into learning and rehabilitation of people with chronic motor disabilities.
Developed by Andras Peto in the years following the World War II, conductive education was designed as an intervention tool for children with cerebral palsy. It replaced the traditional medical model for treatment of motor disabilities with a teaching style that emphasizes on conscious learning that is achieved by creating a positive environment and goals that are tailored to the needs and skills of each and his or her condition.
Despite the growing evidence showing that conductive education is an effective rehabilitation tool for reducing muscle weakness and spasticity in individuals living with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or multiple sclerosis, conductive education it is not well known, and the places that offer it are sparse.
If you live in Greater Orlando area and you are in need or know someone with motor disabilities who could benefit from conductive education, please contact the Conductive Education of Orlando, CECO.