Monday, 4 November 2013

THE BEST POSSIBLE AUTONOMY

Progress in France
Mélanie Jeannot is president of the EHM Association in Poilly-sur-Loire. She has sent me a newspaper cutting from her local newspaper, particularly welcome because so little news of Conductive Education emerges from France –
The best possible autonomy
The 8th World Congress of Conductive Education took place in Munich (Germany) from 9 to 12 October. Taking part was Judit Pázmány, a teacher at the Centre Enfance Handicap Moteur of Pouilly-sur-Lloire.
Conductive Education (read 'take charge of') is applied in 170 centres around the world. The Congress had as its aim ‘to exchange on everything that is happening in the world, to see how one can develop everything while holding on to the important principles of the method,’ explains Judit Pázmány.
In Munich on 11 October, she presented the centre at Poillly, the first daily Conductive Education school in France. A few people helped bring this about ‘for they know that in France there is nothing’. Nonetheless, 1,500 children a year are born with a motor handicap or a problem of the [central] nervous system.
With this method the children are active. One has them do a series of tasks that one carries out with them and their family (a parent or an assistant accompanies the child). They understand very well what is required of them.'
It is not a matter of therapy but of a way of life to give them ‘the best autonomy possible’. At the centre Enfance Handicap Moteur, children learn to stand upright or seated, to talk, to catch an object, To play with… The programme covers all the axes of development: motricity, cognitive development and language. ‘The atmosphere is always encouraging, playful and relaxed.’
The children are between 2 and 7 years. ‘One concentrates at the ages at which they can learn most. That can make a real difference if one puts the programme in place early enough. For example, Romane five and half, admitted at the age of one: today she walks. And Alice, aged eight, who integrated into Poilly’s nursery. Today she aattends class at Poilly’s elementary school.
It is the children, they have the right to learn, they have the right to progress… They have the same rights as other children: to move , to play, to be happy’
Coirinne Chauvugne
Photograph captions
Judit presenting on stage at the Congress
Judit at the the EHM centre, carrying out a motor exercise with Romane, five and a half, and Mehdi, four, accompanied by his daddy
Box: Conductive Education
Conductive Education is a system of global re-education aimed at children with IMC* who have motor (but not cognitive) difficulties, following lack of oxygen, severe prematurity or cerebral deformity. It was invented by András Pető, a medical professor in Hungary.
The school at Sanserrois, founded in 2009, is the first school created in France using this method. Since 2012, a second school exists in Bayeaux (Calvados).
The 8th World congress
I wonder how many other CE centres around the world, described or even just represented at the recent World Conductive Education Congress, had this reported in their local media.
References
Chauvigné, C. (2013) Au centre Enfance Handicap Moteur: La meilleure autonomie possible, La Voix de Sanserrois, 24 October 2013, p. 20
Pázmány , J. (2013) Conductor competency in program design and the characteristics of its implementation with young children, Conductive Education Occasional Papers, Suppl. 8, Abstract Book, 8th World Congress on Conductive Education, Munich, pp.85-86
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* IMC – Infirmes moteur cerebreaux. Collective term in Francophone lands to denote a range of human conditions rather narrower than those usuall ycollected under the term 'cerebral palsy', excluding children who have non-motoric conditions as well as or instead of movement disorders.

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