Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Spain: a lost world

Time to rediscover it

Anita Loring's involvement with the internationalisation of Conductive Education, within the framework of the global network of organisations concerned with the cerebral palsiesm stretches back longer, I suspect, than that of any living soul. For much of that time she was Secretary General of International Cerebral Palsy Society. She keeps her ear close to the ground.

A question

Yesterday she emailed me to draw attention to an interesting contibution to the prestigeous conference programme to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the CDI (Cercle de Documentation et d’Information pour la rééducation des infirmes moteurs cérébraux) on 7-9 December, in Paris.

She asked whether I might be able to shed light on a presentation tucked away at the end of the very last session of this conference:
Principles of Petö’s method. Particular rules applied at ASPACE-NAVARRA
Mrs Maria BELZUNCE. Pamplona, Spain
This is of course interesting information in its own right. It is pleasing to see Conductive Education getting a look-in at one major European Conference this year, all the more so for this presentation's not coming from one of the usual suspects. Fresh voices and fresh interpretations are never more welcome than at this time.

What intrigued Anita, however, who knows something of the fate of the short-lived project to train conductors and develop an Instituto Español de Educación Conductiva in Pamplona, under the auspices of ASPACE, the major service-proviser for disabled people in Navarre, was whether this forthcoming conference presentation signifies that the 'Instituto Petö' is recommencing operations.

Towards an answer

I have heard nothing about a rebirth of the Pamplona project and, falling back on the Internet, I find the old website of the Instituto Español, and also old lots of old pages on the much publicised circumstances of its demise.

I find that Dña. María Belzunce had taught on the conductor-training course at Navarre Public University and served as director of the Instituto Español de Educación Conductiva.

I also find that in November 2008 she presented at an international conference in Andalusia, the programme of which reads:
Acercamiento al Método PETÖ como sistema global de neurorehabilitación infantil
Dña. Maria Belzunce Alonso. Directora del Servicio de Educación Conductiva Método-Petö de Aspace-Navarra. España)

The name 'Institute', I note, has given way to 'Service'.

She also seems to be with the Centro Especializado de Neuro-Rehabilitación in Pamplona. This to is also an agency of the ASPACE Foundation but I do not how it relates to the Servicio de Educación Conductiva.

Time for a closer look

Anita's enquiry has served as timely reminder that Conductive World, along with most of the rest of the world of Conductive Education, has been guilty of rather ignoring what has been happening in Spain.
  • There has been the Instituto Español and the conductor-training course in Pamplona, both now defunct.
  • The Instituto has been succeeded by the Servicio de Educación Conductiva.
  • There has been formal evaluation (Larumbe and Fernández, 2007).
  • There is the Valencia project in collaboration with Moira.
Who knows what else besides.

December's presentation in Paris looks more intruiging than ever.

Time to write and ask...

Notes and reference

50th Anniversary Conference of CDI

Formal inauguration of the Spanish training course

Instituto Español de Educación Conductiva

Conference in Andalucia, 26 November 2008

Valencia project

Larumbe Ilundáin R., Fernández Fernández R. (2007) Evaluación de un programa intensivo
de Educación Conductiva dirigido a niños con Parálisis Cerebral (Evaluation of an intensive program of Conductive Education in children with cerebral palsy), Mapfre Medicina, vol. 18, no 2, pp.134-143

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