Friday, 26 October 2012

WHEN LESS IS MORE

'Isn’t there something more I can do for my child?'
 
What a question. What a marvellous opportunity it offers, if you have not said or shown it already, to show and say just what makes the conductive approach so very different from what people so often think – about children with motor disorders, about children with other kinds of disability, about adults as well as children, about old folk, and about people in general.
 
A better question by far
 
Conductive Education's approach depends upon a quite different philosophy, so it prompts quite different questions, such as –
 
'Isn’t there something less I can do for my child?'
 

The pedagogic principle of the least necessary help.
 
It is not what one does (or how much or how little of it) but how, and why that are the cardinal questions. 'Conductive' is a different philosophy of childhood (and of so much else).
 
Better questions, better answers
 
I am not sure that any of the above is encompassed in the sample answer here –
 
Conductive education methodology has a transformative effect on mobility and independence. Using a holistic and intensive approach that combines medical knowledge with educational methods, your child can gain control over his or her body – and accomplish tasks you may never thought possible. With increased mobility, strength, problem-solving skills, confidence, and self-esteem, not only will your child’s quality of life be improved, but so will the whole families.
 
 
These are lots of answers like this. Do they really help people understand? Or what actually to do? Renewing Conductive Eduction means renewing answers like this too.
 
 

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4 Comments:

Blogger Rony Schenker, OTR, PhD, Tsad Kadima, Israel said...

Question:
'Isn’t there something more I can do for my child?'

Several option to answer this one:

Answer 1:
'Isn’t there something less I can do for my child?'

Answer 2:
'Isn't there something more the child can do by himself

Answer 3:
'Isn’t there something less I can do for my child and something more the child can do by himself?

I prefer answer 3

I am not sure about the pedagogic principle of 'the least necessary help'.
Please define first what 'least necessary help' is

Saturday, 27 October 2012 at 19:17:00 BST  
Blogger Rony Schenker, OTR, PhD, Tsad Kadima, Israel said...

an important correction:
not 'by himself' but 'for himself'.

Saturday, 27 October 2012 at 19:19:00 BST  
Blogger Rony Schenker, OTR, PhD, Tsad Kadima, Israel said...

Better questions - better answers-

I truly believe that time has come to ask better questions and to offer better answers.
We can do it during the next world congress in Munich (Beate, do consider this idea)or we can start now. Or both.

I suggest that we start with the questions.

Who is ready to ask the first better question???

Saturday, 27 October 2012 at 19:25:00 BST  
Blogger Rony Schenker, OTR, PhD, Tsad Kadima, Israel said...

Better questions - better answers - better place

Saturday, 27 October 2012 at 19:27:00 BST  

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