Wednesday, 16 January 2013


And Conductive Education?

The Brain Recovery Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Pasadena CA. It has been established by the parents of a boy who has had a hemispherectomy, and seems to have set out in a big way on what looks like an ambitious programme of research and public education –

We initiate and fund research that specifically addresses how one half of the brain can best recover the functions lost when the other half is removed. This research helps not only those who have had a hemispherectomy, but also provides key insight and solutions for the broader brain-injured community, including acquired and traumatic brain injury, autism, dyslexia, and other epilepsy surgeries.

By summarising existing scholarly research and articles into 'plain English wording, our parent and educator guides help families and professionals understand research and rehabilitation issues following hemispherectomy surgery.
Its first research grant ($160,000 ) has already been awarded, and the first introductory guide for teachers is now available on line, free, as a Pdf.

An awakening

The Project's impressive website is currently appearing on line, page by page. It includes the following –

Conductive Education
 Coming soon

Google Alerts woke me today to tell me about this, with the following gnomic email (that will have gone out to anyone else with an alert set for “conductive education”) –

Conductive Education
Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Vestibulum tortor quam, feugiat vitae, ultricies eget, tempor sit ...
Latin? You don't see much of that nowadays in Conductive Education (not since András Pető adopted the word 'conductive' to define his motor therapy, subsequently his pedagogy). What can it mean?
Nothing actually, since these are deliberately jumbled words that come a later passage from the centuries-old text printers' filler Ipsem lorem. In unscrambled form they come from Cicero's De finibus bonorum et malorum ('On the extermes of good and evil').

Conductive Education

A few years ago now, at his Institute in Jerusalem, Reuven Feuerstein proudly showed me Mediated Learning at work with a teenager who had had a hemispherectomy. I have not come across Conductive Education used in such a case but there is so little case-reporting in CE that there may well have been instances unsung. A priori one can see considerable potential benefit from conductive pedagogy and upbringing.

I look forward with anticipation, therefore, to what the Brain Recovery Project reports to replace the dummy Latin text.

Conductive World will pass on what appears. Meanwhile, those with practical experience of CE in this context, as users or providers, might like to get in touch and share this.


(n.d.) Lorem ipsum
Full text:

Sutton, A. (2010 ) All together now, Conductive World, 1 May



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