Henry was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 10 months and was told by his doctors that he would never walk, talk or stand on his own. With the assistance of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando and their conductive education programs however, Henry was able to prove his doctors wrong.
The following video created on November 16, 2017 demonstrates how within just a few weeks, conductive education helped Henry stand up on his own. His story is relevant because it proves that this type of education does in fact grant children with cerebral palsy more control of their bodies by building new neural connections in the brain.
Stories like Henry’s demonstrate the importance of raising awareness on conductive education and provides satisfaction by knowing that it does in fact helping these amazing kids gain independence and work towards becoming their best self!
Now that we have a better understanding on what Conductive Education (CE) is, how do we become a Conductor? Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) in Central Florida is one of the only schools of its kind to offer a certificate in CE. The post baccalaureate program is five trimesters long, and includes clinicals in four of the five trimesters. The goal of the program is to graduate professionals who are educated in the health and learning needs of individuals with motor disorders, the principles of pedagogy, and liberal studies. These graduates will be trained to work as conductor-educator specialists in conductive education settings and in sites that assist individuals with motor disorders such as clinics and schools. They work together with our client, CECO, to ensure that the future conductors are prepared in their field.
“ADU has had a relationship with CECO for a number of years. In Orlando and across the nation, there are a number of children and adults with motor disorders who need specialized education to reach their full potential, and it is inspiring to educate students on how to improve the lives of these individuals by using conductive education,” explains Tia Hughes, ADU’s Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department.
ADU’s CE program has been developed to help fill the need for conductors across the nation and worldwide. The main purpose of conductive education is to maximize the independence of a person with motor disabilities in every way possible – physically, cognitively, and socially.
“Conductive education is a growing field but there is a need for conductors to lead the programs, without conductors, centers cannot open and patients are left without the care they specifically need, ADU’s CE program will increase that number and provide a solution for parents of children with special needs here in Central Florida and around the world. The program will develop conductors that offer innovative approaches to encourage their child’s success.”
If you are interested in pursuing a fulfilling career in conductive education, you can find more information at CECO.
Conductive Education helps children with motor disabilities understand that they are self-sufficient and independent, through the implementation of cognitive activities and personalized education. Learn more about conductive education by watching the short clip above!
In this video however, Sofia Acosta talks about conductive education and its positive impact on children with motor disabilities. This type of education is built on the supposition that the harm done to the nervous system, which causes motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy, can be overcome through cognitive activities such as the ones promoted by CECO, according to Kenneth A. Stern.
Likewise, these activities allow the nervous system to build new neural connections that improve these children’s’ way of life. Through building neural connections children become more independent from their parents in terms of performing daily functions such as eating, dressing up, taking care of their personal hygiene, etc. and grants family members more freedom to live their lives worry free of what might happen to their children if left unattended for a moment.
A man born with cerebral palsy, John Quinn, shares his story of how he achieved his dreams of joining the NAVY despite his disability. Throughout this incredible TEDx event, Quinn encourages others to not let anything get in the way of reaching their goals.
Quinn talks about how he didn’t let doctors prevent him from joining the NAVY. “They said, ‘Mr. Quinn, we don’t know what’s wrong with you, but we don’t want somebody like you in the NAVY. Go home.” When he couldn’t pass the physical, he practiced every single day for a year until he was able to increase his strength and improve his performance. He kept his cerebral palsy a secret, passed the physical with flying colors, and served in the United States NAVY for twenty years.
Quinn’s influential speech about triumph promotes inclusion among those with disabilities and shows others how, as a society, we can overcome labels and find our worth.
Matthew Struthers, an individual with cerebral palsy, gives us an insight into the life of a person with a disabled body and a perfectly enabled mind.
On June 5, 2017, he shared his story at Berklee College of Music in during a TED Talk in order to show people that cerebral palsy disables a person physically, but does not make them incapable individuals.
Many people have the misguided notion that folks with cerebral palsy are unable to think for themselves and conceive their own ideas simply because they are physically disabled. With this talk, Matthew hopes to change people’s perspectives on motor disabilities by using his unique first-hand experiences and letting others know that the sky is the limit if you believe it.
This notion ties into Unique Minds’ values because we to believe that individuals with this disability can reach for the stars with a positive mentality. Like CECO and Unique Minds, Matthew wishes to motivate individuals with cerebral palsy and encourage their growth.
(Rochester, MI- 2015) Marina Morris, a woman born with cerebral palsy, won’t let her disability define who she is. In her inspirational TED Talk at Oakland University, Morris shares her own touching story, while encouraging others to find theirs.
“Everyone has a 60 second story. I’ve found mine, and want to share the steps I took to creating it and what my story is. Because, ultimately when you find yours, you’ll realize just how big of an impact you can have on your own life and the lives of those around you. Are you ready?”
She developed the concept of the ’60 second story’, a way of promoting others to come up with their own personal story, through answering 5 simple questions.
Morris’ powerful talk gives courage and inspiration to those who are looking to find their own self-discovery.
“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk presented by TEDWomen at the annual conference in San Francisco on December 4, 2013. “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whirlwind tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.
Early in her acting career, Maysoon Zayid realized she’d get a lot more stage time if she showed off how funny she was. As she states, “It became very obvious to me that in the United States of America, a fluffy ethnic disabled chick was never going to get a job unless she did stand-up.” Don’t think Zayid is fishing for sympathy though. She makes it very clear that through comedy and confidence, Cerebral Palsy is not stopping her from living her dreams and making a positive difference in the world!