Thursday, 12 December 2013


Amongst Complementary and Holistic Therapies
Conductive Education
Another type of therapy that may be of interest is called conductive education, which is a program aimed at avoiding “learned helplessness” and promoting independent functioning through repetition, verbalization and discouragement of adaptive equipment.
After World War II, a Hungarian doctor by the name of Adres Peto strongly believed that just because a child was born with brain damage, it didn’t mean they were incapable of learning skills that could lead to an independent life. The Peto Institute was formed almost sixty years ago, where full-time teachers (conductors) show children how to move and have them repeat the routines until exhaustion. While it may sound a bit offsetting to some, the idea behind it is that if the brain is forced to try, it will find a way to connect mind and muscle. 
Virginia Cunningham's explanation (from Los Angeles) is certainly a museum-quality exhibit.


Cunningham, V. (2013) Complementary and Holistic Therapies For People With Cerebral Palsy, Museum of disABILITY history, 4 December

Defining Conductive Education

Definitions are tricky. Here is a different proposal:

Such a definition would require recataloging the exhibit, and moving it out of its present classification, to another department. In fact, it might mean opening an exciting new department altogether, say a Department of Alternative Paradigms.

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Friday, 13 December 2013 at 18:49:00 GMT  
Blogger NormanP said...

File under 'sentences that should never have been written': I followed your link to see what Virginia Cunningham had to say. I didn't get further than half-way through her first paragraph where she writes this sentence: "The sister of one of my friends has cerebral palsy and is the most cheerful person I have ever met, despite needing a walker." Somebody please take the writer to one side and quietly explain to her that having a disability, using a walker or a wheelchair is no indicator of a person's degree of happiness. "despite needing a walker" indeed!

Friday, 13 December 2013 at 18:51:00 GMT  

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