Conductive Education SA
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What is Conductive Education?
Conductive Education is an intensive learning approach for children and adults with physical disabilities, neurological disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and those who have suffered Stroke or acquired a Brain Injury.
Conductive Education focuses on the whole person and seeks to integrate Motor skills, Cognitive skills, Communication skills and Emotional and Social development.
Conductive Education teaches people to coordinate their movements and achieve greater independence and self confidence in their everyday lives.
The philosophy of Conductive Education is that children and adults who have motor disorders of a neurological origin have a problem of learning that requires education, rather than a medical condition that requires treatment. So, through repetition, undamaged parts of the brain can be trained to compensate for those parts of the brain that has been damaged.
Public Conductive Education Services in SA
Conductive Education is supported in South Australia by the state government though the Special Education Resource Unit (SERU) of the Department of Education and Children’s Services. The Department employs three Conductors who have been trained at the PETO Institute in Hungary.
It operates the following:-
- An Early Intervention Program at Hendon Primary School
- Primary School Programs at Kidman Park Primary School and Trinity Gardens School
- A once a week, full day Mobility Group for students from metropolitan mainstream schools
- A High School Program at Findon High School
- A state wide service for students in country schools particularly Pt Augusta, Pt Lincoln and surrounding schools and Tanunda and Victor Harbor
- Inclusion support for students in mainstream classrooms working with teachers and SSOs to ensure transference of skills and to assist teachers with new strategies
- Consultancy based programs to provide training to ensure the principles of CE are embedded into the curriculum and individual learning
The aim is to establish maximum independence to allow students to participate in inclusive education.
How Conductive Education Works
The Conductor performs the initial assessment and organises and delivers the program. They write the program to include the tasks series and the individual goals. They create situations that encourage the student to learn and solve problems and modify their performance to ensure they are working to their full potential.
Conductors are highly qualified professionals with 4 years full time double degree qualifications as well as significant hands on experience.
The Task Series
These series teach the performance of motor tasks that are learned spontaneously by children without motor disorders. The skills required for particular motor tasks are broken down into smaller steps and learned, step by step, within the Lying Task, the Standing Task and the Hand Task.
This is the timetable of activities allowing for continuity, consistency, reinforcement and generalisation of skill across all environments and curriculum areas.
The social group works to motivate the student to complete tasks, encourages accomplishments and supports confidence and effort.
This is a Conductive Education strategy that uses speech and song (or inner speech and song), and counting to learn to regulate movements. The desired movement is expressed first as an intention vocally and then the movement is carried out rhythmically. Singing helps organise the brain (and it is fun) and counting helps the student to focus on the starting and finishing of the task.
This is the “help’ given to enable the completion of the task. It may include furniture (ladder, plinth, chair), equipment (armbands), manual physical assistance (hands on) and verbal prompts.
Restoring the interrupted learning process is not possible without the active participation of the individual. In Conductive Education we expect and encourage the student to do as much as possible for themselves.
About Conductive Education SA
Conductive Education SA exists to lead the provision of services and programs for people with neurological disorders based on a model of Conductive Education (CE).
Conductive Education SA acts as an advocacy group to increase the current programs for children within the education system, as well as the expansion of services to all people with neurological disorders.
Conductive Education SA raises funds to provide CE services and programs as well as providing equipment to ensure active participation.
Conductive Education SA (as the National Association for Conductive Education SA Inc.) was incorporated in 1991 and received charitable status in 2000.