Friday, 22 May 2009

One for all

Natural ally for Conductive Education?

Consider this roadshow seminar event from Peter Limbrick at Interconnections, introducing TAC (Team Around the Child):

No more child overload: just too many practitioners for babies and pre-school children who need ongoing multiple interventions?

9 July 2009
Postgraduate Centre
City Hospital

This seminar is designed for senior managers and multi-disciplinary practitioners who support babies and young children who have ongoing, multiple conditions and disabilities – and their families. The focus will be service development embracing Team Around the Child philosophy, principles and practice.

  • The traditional approach is to add a new practitioner for each disability that we discover. The child can be overwhelmed by the requirement to relate to so many people and might have a weekly routine crammed with discipline-specific programmes.
  • Pre-school practitioners suffer too with increasing demands on their time as they try to meet parents’ aspirations for regular sessions of this or that.
  • This scatter-gun approach has happened by default and is not tenable within the resources available in the UK. Nor should we perpetuate it when we give some thought to what is fair to children.

These children manage to creep under our ‘child-centred’ radar. Are we stuck in an overly medical approach seeing the disabilities under the microscope but not the child under our nose?

Outline programme

  • How some babies and pre-school children become overloaded with multiple practitioners in response to their multiple needs.
    TAC protocols as part of a child-centred solution to prevent or remedy overload
  • How some babies and pre-school children become overloaded with too many separate discipline-specific programmes.
    The TAC system as part of the solution with integration of education and therapy programmes and a primary interventionist – when appropriate
  • Does TAC open the way for a radical reconfiguration of how practitioners spend their time supporting children with ‘complex’ needs?
    The need to involve parents in planning these changes to how support is delivered.

Sound familiar?

Sounds like a first specification for creating a conductive parent-and-child service!

It lacks the explicitly future-orientated, potential-creating and dyad-focussed pedagogy of conductive upbringing at this stage of life (Sutton, 2009), and I know too little about the theoretical basis of TAC even to guess whether the CE and TAC models might ulimately prove compatible, but clearing a way through the Augean stables of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency services constitutes common ground at one level at least and opens a possible way for sensible discussion..

This particular seminar is being held in Birmingham but the TAC road show will be off to London and Wakefield in the Autumn. More importantly, it will come to your own venue if you would like it to.

Are the TAC people natural allies of CE? Are there bonds that unite the two movements stronger than particular points that might divide them. There is only one way to find out? That, however, is not my job.


  • Seminar in Birmingham (inc. lunch)
    £120 per participant (discounts for more bookings)
    Limited number of free places for parents and carers
  • Seminar at your own venue
    Per-person costs considerably reduced

Further information


Sutton, A. (2009) Conductive upbringing: a revolution for families with children with cerebral palsy, Google Knol

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