Friday, 27 February 2015


More than the sum of small achievements

Welcome back to the blogosphere, Lisa Gombinsky, after too long away – though it does sound like she has had some very fulfilling things to do, and some others as well, and more coming up. 

Dog bites man

Lisa's re-entry to the conductive cyber-arena is prompted specifically by a forthcoming event, a conference presentation –

Life Without Limits

Neuromuscular Conference
16-17 April 2015
Auckland, New Zealand

Conductive Education for People with Neuromuscular Conditions
Goals and Outcomes of Rehabilitation

Lisa Gombinsky


Too often when people receive a diagnosis of a neuromuscular condition they are told that ‘nothing can be done’, and sentenced to a psychological purgatory of despair and hopelessness. However, in Conductive Education we believe that there is always something that can be done – that there is always a next step – regardless of the nature or the stage of an individual’s condition.

'I like the way that conductors aren’t trying to be miracle workers, they work with what you’ve got, they show you where you have more potential. There’s no rules, it’s just about what you can do' (man with Muscular Dystrophy, age 34)

At Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation people are taught strategies and techniques for managing the disabling physical and psycho-social aspects of their condition. Individuals work towards rehabilitation goals, maintenance goals, and impairment management goals in a casual community setting. The general focus is on empowering people and on helping them feel motivated, supported, and orthofunctional as they work to achieve their best personal levels of independence and the most positive and proactive ways of managing their condition.

'I’m encouraged by the positive attitude of the staff at INRF because they are focussed on what I can do while being mindful of my limitations' (man with Muscular Dystrophy, age 41)

This presentation will explore the role of Conductive Education in the management of neuromuscular conditions, will look at the goals and outcomes of rehabilitation for people with degenerative conditions, and most importantly will discuss why the creation of an orthofunctional attitude is the main goal of our practice.

If it were more common for conductors to present at conferences outside the immediate world of Conductive Education, then it would not be newsworthy. I hope that this weighs well in lLisa's balance.


Gombinsky, L. (2015) Life without limits – Conductive Education on the international stage, Conductive Magic, the Phys. Ed. Studio, and Me, 27 February

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