Sunday, 16 March 2008

Conductive Education Awareness

Is any publicity good publicity?
There was an upsetting medical-negligence story in the New Zealand media last Sunday. At least Conductive Education seems to have made a contribution to the well being of the child and family who are left with the aftermath.

This offered very good awareness for the benefits of Conductive Education in New Zealand – but at the same time and contradictorily very bad news for awareness of what Conductive Education actually is. This is how Conductive Education's involvement was described:

While his prognosis was initially very bleak doctors thought he would never develop any muscle tone he can now walk with the aid of a walker and feed himself, although he has problems eating.

Ross goes daily to a school for conductive education a combination of physical manipulation and muscle retraining developed by Hungarian Andreas Peto and has made remarkable progress. They hope he will be able to go to a mainstream school, with assistance, when he turns five in September.

News coverage can often be contradictory and there may be no way of knowing its net effects. In this instance the popular reputation of Conductive Education, in a country where Conductive Education has successfully inserted itself within the state education system, may have received a positive fillip. Technically however, its representation as an educational approach to childhood developmental disability, may have taken a dive.

The question must be whether this is a worthwhile trade-off, especially in a country where the conductors’ association is presently seeking registration as a health profession – but that contradiction is another story

References and previous postings

Donna Chisholm, Help, my baby is going to die, Sunday Star Times, 16 March 2008

Bold step down under, Conductive Education World, 30 January 2008

MacPeto and the real McCoy, Conductive Education World, 21 November 2007

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