Saturday, 13 February 2010

Nice work if you can get it

Pető Institute at work in Korčula

Nenad Kosović reports from Croatia –

Experts from the Pető Institute in Budapest three weeks with children of the My Sun Association

For the last three weeks, with the help of the Centre for Rehabilitation at Riyeka, conductor-therapists from the famous Pető Institute in Budapest have stayed at the premises of the My Sun Association for children with motor problems, provided the necessary educational and medical treatment.. The Pető method, named after the founder of the Institute Dr András Pető from Budapest, is based on the fact that the nervous system is still able to create new neural connections despite damage.

'That possibility is being pursued with the help of a properly led and active process of learning and rehabilitation. The primary goal is not only rigorous development of motor function but the biological development of the whole personality. Among other things, the wish of ourselves and the the parents was to improve the our children's motor function in this way,' said the President of the Association Željko Nobilo, adding that in October last year, medical experts from Budapest were in Korčula to perform examinations of children for planning the therapy..

The program of treatment that lasted from 18 January to7 February was for a total of nine children who were with Hungarian conductor-therapists Barbara, Anna and Agi every day from 0900 to 1600 hours to provide the required medical and educational treatment.

Funding to implement this 'Mother and Child' project has been provided by the My Sun Association, and also the parents themselves of children with difficulties in movement who participated paid part of the total cost of treatment.. The price of educational treatments for each therapist is 1000 EUR [capitalisation in original] per week. So, for three weeks that comes to 3000 euro per therapist, or a total of 9,000 euros for all three therapists. As well as the work, there has especially to be paid travel expenses and transportation of necessary equipment from Budapest. The Association even covered the cost of food in the HTP Korčula, and a local therapist and medical team provided at home free of charge.

Family Elze and Jakša Brčić from Korčula, who are are members of the Association offer especial thanks for the kindness and help. The Association will organize another visit by the medical and conductors' team from Budapest this year, probably in late June.

A quick note

Nenad Kosović wrote in Croatian.

Jolly to be sitting here struggling again with the Croatian language, with its amazing vowellessness and its lovely diacritical marks – even if am in England's bitter-cold Midlands. Even at this time of year I cannot imagine a more lovely part of Europe than the Dalmatian coast to be doing Conductive Education – or anything else for the matter. There are certainly worse places to be (I speak as one who knows, as I have just come in from a visit to West Bromwich where I started writing this posting on the tram – only my second visit to West Brom for some forty years, which seems about often enough).

Yes, without the reward of a fine fish supper this really is a struggle. The resulting translation would hardly stand in court but I think that I have the gist of this report. I am none too sure of what Mr Nobilo meant by 'the biological development of the whole personality ' (razvoj cijele biološke osobnosti), though that is what he seems to have said. I'd be pleased to receive any corrections.

Impossible to be sure, but was the reporter being a little surprised at the costs?

Reference and notes

Kosović, N. (2010) Stručnjaci Peto Instituta iz Budimpešta tri tjedna sa djecom Udruge Moje sunce, KorčulaNET, 7.February


HTP- Korčula

My Sun Association (Udruga Moje Sunce)


  1. Andrew, you ask if the reporter is a little surprised by the costs. Are you also a little surprised by the costs?

    Of course much depends on whether the contracts are made directly with the conductors or through another agency. Is the thousand euros the conductor’s payment or is it the amount an agency, that supplies the conductors, charges?

    We don’t know from this article what the deal is.

    It says that the conductors are from the Petö Institute but originally so am I. That doesn’t tell us very much. They could, like me, be self-employed conductors who have answered an advertisement for work. They could be conductors sent by one of several agencies.

    All this said I don’t think there is any reason to be surprised by costs as stated here in this article.

    The article states that the children receive the “required medical and educational treatment” from 9.00 till 16.00. that is seven hours. Lets say six and a half with the obligatory thirty minute lunch break if you are lucky. That’s about thirty-three hours a week with the children. Plus thirty minutes before group for receiving them, sage baths etc and another thirty minutes after, getting them out of the door talking to parents etc.. That makes a thirty-eight hour week.

    Then we can add to this at least another ten hours a week for preparation, information evenings and parents meetings, for talking to visiting teachers, physiotherapist, speech therapists etc., who all always wish to visit when such a block takes place.

    This very soon takes you up to a forty-eight to fifty hour week, or even more.

    I know I have done it, as have many others. There is little time for doing anything else in your life when organising such a group that operates just for a short time. There is much to get done in only a few weeks and it is not work that agencies can send inexperienced conductors to do. It is very different to operating in your own environment with a back-up team that you know.

    There is also the added bonus of it all being in “foreign”… Do we need another ten hours added on for translations?

    One thousand euros for this work is bordering on being a bit too low, especially as when working away from home extra personal costs are always incurred.

    The article states that living costs have been kept low through the conductors, as is often the case, lodging with local staff.

    Don’t forget that rent, electricity, telephone and other bills at home have to be paid from this amount, as do income tax and health insurance for home and abroad.

    So, I would say one thousand euros is just about right if the conductors receive this amount for their fifty hour week.

    It is another matter if this is the amount an agency is asking, how much then would a conductor receive?

  2. I was involved in this project. No, we did not get all the money. (I wish we would have...:) In light of the fact that CE is officially a "hungaricum" and Pető -as the mother institute- provides undoubtedly high quality conductive education, those who wish to have CE have to pay the price, which is, in my opinion, not at all outsandingly high, especially compared to other, perhaps less effective therapies.