Thursday, 24 January 2008

Expansion in Gulf

Initiative in Bahrain

In operation since November, the Al Matrook Conductive Rehabilitation Centre was officially opened on 23 January by the Bahraini Minister of Social Development.

The new centre, in Duraz, will initially provide free rehabilitation and education services to children with severe disabilities, aged three to nine years. The stated long-term plan is to include young adults, by raising the maximum age limit to twenty-one. So far, thirty-nine children attend.

The centre presents an unusual public position on what is Conductive Education. A spokesman says:

This centre is mainly a mixture of normal physical rehabilitation in an educational environment. It mainly works on the concept of Conductive Education. It is a system of day-to-day education to enhance every ability the child already has to help them reach a stage of full achievement… For example, if a child has the ability to take steps, we make sure that this ability is enforced in the hope of making the best out of it.

Our main goal is to put a smile on children's faces, as well as their parents, by helping them to identify and meet the requirements of different disabilities and provide flexible and consistent services to cater to children who are not getting any kind of interaction.

The Al Matrook Centre has been set up by Bahrain’s Social Development Ministry, with input from the Conductive Rehabilitation Centre in Kuwait.


Sarah Sami (2008) New Hope for Children, Gulf Daily News, 19 January

1 comment:

  1. "Conductive Rehabilitation Centre".
    Two thoughts, Andrew:
    1. Sounds like "conductive therapy" to me. I doubt there is such an animal.
    2. I have long wondered about the value of the concept of "rehabilitation" in a conductive education or indeed, simply educational, context. Might it be possible to develop a theory and practice of education that began with each child's actual starting point, as it were, instead of assuming some children began from a defective starting position requiring 'rehabilitation'?

    As a father, my perspective on conductive education (or, better, "upbringing", but that's another story) has been powerfully influenced by the view that conductive education offered by far the best educational prospects for my daughter, given that actual learning, from the moment of her birth (and before?) was itself difficult for her because of her motor disorder .

    Is it possible that "rehabilitation" shackles us and conductive education to the medical and therapeutic past in which it grew, and which now should be left behind?