Monday, 28 July 2014


Idea goes back to 2008

Launched today in a flurry of announcements on CE social-networking sites is a new, interdisciplinary service based in Maidenhead in the sunny South of England:

Marbles Movement and Learning offers services to children and families of all ages, with any conditions likely to respond, and in any context into which it can be incorporated. Interventions available include:
  • Conductive Education
  • Devény Technique
  • Physiotherapy (including kinesiotaping)
  • Planned Sensomotoric Training
NB, this does not propose 'multi-disciplinary' practice in the sense of a blended mix. It is a multiple-resource service – interdisciplinary.

Jobs may be available. Possible further collaborators are invited to be in touch.

Fees are competitive and clients can view their accounts and their documentation electronically.

This is not a charity but a further example of a commercial service providing for disabled children and adults, their families, and others.

Commercial vs Charitable

Maidenhead sits in a well-healed belt stretching west of London. HMQ is a near neighbour. But in 2014 people in the United Kingdom are beginning to realise that privately services tailored to their need are not just something that the rich can take for granted – but may be the only way for any citizens to achieve a degree of choice and access to their preferred services, whatever their means. *

And it may also be the only way in which conductors can have a hand in determining the direction and content of their services and how they are run.

The commercial relationship has its faults, but it does offer tried and familiar ways for consumers and providers to relate with each other. Charitably funded provision might promise advantages at start-up time, but in then longer term the charitable relationship is not regarded as unproblematical in the wider world of disability provision. Interesting times.

Information (quite a lot)

* This does not of course rule out the possibilities for commercial services' bidding competitively with 'charitable' ones for contracts from the state sector. We do live in interesting times.

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