Thursday, 6 July 2017


Significant event in Budapest

In May there was a meeting at Semmelweis Medical University, a symposium – 

Kiemelkedő korai mozgásfejlesztési módszerek”
Komparatív Egészségtudományi Szimpózium
Egészségtudományi Kar,
Vas utca 17
14.00-19.00 2017.05.12 

In English –

Outstanding early movement development methods
Comparative Health Science Symposium
Faculty of Health Sciences
Budapest Vas utca 17
1400-1900, 12 May 2017

Symposium report

Semmelweis has since published a summary report on its symposium – as universities do. 

The Health Faculty's first comparative health science symposium, on methods for early motor development, was a sell-out...

...this tradition-creating event takes in the most significant developments, innovative methods and new research programs in health sciences, and intends to focus on discourses and debates within the profession. The area of early development, including physiotherapy and the neurological profession, has been highly active over the past decade. The symposium would seek to create a professional platform to strengthen the innovative approach and applied research base of Hungarian health science in both domestic and international spheres. (Dean, Dr Zsolt Nagy Zoltan)

...the event features representatives of a number of extraordinary achievements, representing the most prestigious methodological centres in the field of early development... it is a very rare occasion that representatives of different practices talk around a table about the past, present and future. This needs to be done very much wider. There is no well-founded, authentic science, no research, no innovation... (event organiser, Dr Gabriella Dörnyei)

...participants spoke on nine topics, each followed by student questions and observations. The Budapest Early Development Center, the Pető Institute, the Dévény Foundation, St. Margaret's Hospital (Katona Method), the Gézengúz Foundation, the First Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Pál Heim Children's Hospital, the Buda Children's Hospital, and, with a spectacular motor analysis method, the College of Physical Education and the National Handball Academy.

The presentations highlighted that complex diagnostics are one of the most basic requirements in the field. 


Semmelweis hopes that this event will be repeated a least annually, as 'professionals working in the field of health sciences require a coordinated discourse and debate that reinforces a credible and constructive professional community.'

Ferenc Katona was there. Anna Dévény was not; she died five weeks later.

A name to watch out for in this sector was also there, Barbara Czeizel, Director of Budapest Early Intervention Centre, presenting on its work. She is married to liberal politician Gábor Fodor – and has a ministerial advisory role herself, on early intervention.

Conductive Education

Conductive Education in Hungary may be entering unfamiliar and game-changing territory, among some Big Beasts in its field.

Hungary certainly has plenty of innovative experience to show in the field of early intervention for children with motor disorders and other developmental delays. Is the time coming when both providers and the wider society will be sifting and comparing, then synthesising or choosing between the diverse range of approaches on offer in their own country – never mind other experience, policy memes and even ideologies from abroad?

If so, the heritage of András Pető as applied in the early ages of childhood could find itself in an unfamiliar position under searching (and not always sympathetic) scrutiny from its peers.
  • To a large degree András Pető's legacy in early-years intervention in Hungary has been shown publicly by the PAI/PAF. The articulations of Karóly and Magda Ákos have not been heard. Perhaps there are others. Serious professional consideration of the prospective merits of conductive pedagogy/upbringing may wish to look beyond the PAI/PAF in making a theoretical case for early-years conductive pedagogy/upbringing.
  • On the political front, the PAI/PAF has been publicly sanctified as a Hungarikum (a high-prestige commercial national treasure). At first sight, in comparing different domestic approaches this might prove an apparent advantage. But non-commercially, in a changing professional/academic context in Hungary, the basis for the Hungarikum status may now be exposed to critical examination, empirical and theoretical, of a kind that it has not experienced in public till now. 
 The proprietary involvement of a major medical university may in future shape how conductive early intervention in Hungary fights its corner.

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