Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Spina bifida: US surge

Summer camp welcome

Summer Conductive Education Camp for
Children with Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida
Countryside, Chicago and Lake Zurich.
Intensive Group Motor Training Camps
for children with physical disabilities
between the ages of two and ten years old.
9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Shorter days for children of four years and younger.

The unique programs are based on Conductive Education, a group method of teaching children with disabilities. Activities will stress daily life skills like walking, sitting, eating and dressing independently. The program is fun! Conductive Education relies on music, games and structured activities to improve movement, life skills and, most importantly, self-reliance and self-confidence!

Eligible candidates are children between the ages of 2two and ten years whose primary disability is cerebral palsy or spina bifida. Children with physical disabilities should have fair cognitive, auditory and visual skills.

Contact Patti Herbst



The above information came this morning from WSANA, Joel Sheffel''s West Suburban Access News Association:

Summer 2010 Activities For Children with Physical Disabilities
On this page we intend to list summer activities for
children with physical disabilities 
throughout the nation:

CE camps and other programs in the Unites States might wish to let Joel know about what they have planned, so that he might hedlp spread the word for them.


It has become clear from recent mentions on the CE blogosphere over recent months that scattered examples of children participating in CE programs as part of groups of children with cerebral palsies is a little more common that might have been generally supposed. Perhaps this has been the case also at previous camps in Chicago. The present notification explicitly welcoming children with spina bifida may be no more than the first that I have noticed.

Granting that, this explicit invitation is a welcome one, further indication that the United States has the potential to offer a focus of attention for this important special interest within Conductive Education. Good on you, Patti, and everyone else involved.

Centers programs etc., in the rest of the world, looking to expand he benefits of Conductive Education – and not least, to attract clients and utilise staff and plant that might otherwise be under-occupied – might consider the potential for development here. That is, if they even here about it. If you know of centre or program that is having a problem filling all its spaces, or is under-occupied during the year, do let it know.

Previous item on spina bifida


The second part of the series 'The future of SEN' should appear later today

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