Thursday, 21 April 2011

Conductive pedagogy has changed my view as a father

Pegagogy into upbringing

I have often written about this in abstract terms. It is better and more concisely expressed by those who really know it, in practice. Fabian Gillard writes –

In a few words I should like to share my experience as a parent of a child with neurological problems, and specifically to note that the arrival of conductive pedagogy into our family's life has profoundly changed the way in which I look on my son Mano.

Following a massive stroke that occurred when he was a little over a year old, Mano presents essentially motor difficulties

Following this accident, I formed a hyper-protective view of him; again and again, I promised myself to protect him against the hostily of the outside world and against everything that could pose him a problem. In hindsight, I realise that I unknowingly gave myself the mission to overcome his difficultiesfor him. I viewed him as a child to help, and therefore I often deprived him from overcoming the obstacles of daily life for himself (climbing stairs, eating alone, undressing, looking for something).

Since we learned about the basis and the method of conductive pedagogy, my view has changed. I now see my beloved son as the bearer of its own solutions. I realize that he is capable of facing up to the vast majority of the obstacles that he meets, without me.. And even if this diminishes my role as 'papa protector', this evolution of view has brought me many positive things: healing, joy, pride. And that is priceless.

Gillard, F. (2011) La Pédagogie Conductive a modifié mon regard de père, Les parents et la pedagogie conductive, 20 April

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