Thursday, 13 May 2010

An evolving client group

Families as much as children

Conductive Education's earlier development, in Hungary, might have been characterised as dealing to a considerable degree with not-so-disabled children – and not very closely with parents. I know that this is an over-simplification and I am deplorably unable to quantify it.

Internationally, Conductive Education relates to a considerable degree to a very different client-base. Again, an over-simplification, an unquantified one – complicated by relating to some very different social and national contexts.

There can be no doubt, however, that Conductive Education is now applied to the benefit of many children and families experiencing difficulties (not just developmental) far beyond those met even a generation ago.

As a consequence, it is no longer enough simply to state that Conductive Education relates to 'motor disorders' (or 'movement disabilities' or some similar formulation). This is not simply a matter of terminology but has far-reaching practical implications, for families, for conductors, for training, for research, for understandings, for services... for everything.

.Gill Maguire has just published a link to an article in a British newspaper. She typifies this article as

...thought-provoking and potentially distressing.



Maguire, G. (2010) Very difficult decisions, Conductive Education Information, 13 May


  1. intersting article!

    Becky (my colleague) and I spoke at this year's CEPEG conference on creating a group, task series, aims etc... for what we termed as 'non-typical' conductive kids - since we'd come across it at work we felt it was worth talking about. Most of the comments we received after our presentation were from other conductors who had also been working with 'non-typical' kids and who had had similar experiences.

  2. Soooo...what did you say.

    Lots of people in Conductive Education say all sorts of things about all sorts of matters, in all sorts of contexts.

    And it was smashing that you and Becky stood up and spoke out about what you do, not just for its own sake but for its benefit in giving other conductors the grounds to exercise their own voices, maybe agree a bit, maybe disagree, what matters is that things came into the public domain...

    And what matters just as much is that.. er, that was that. Nobody now is any the wiser, we don't know what you and Becky and the others said, nor are we going to. Unless of course you will be putting it on your blog (and why not!).

    Of course,you and Becky and the others continue doing your hard and vauable work, and of course for that half hour or so you had a meeting with other conductors and you all talked about it. And of course without communication of any of this, for the rest of the world nothing has happened.

    I know that the good work will continue, and that once in a blue moon conductors will talk about this and other things at meetings. But come on (or should I say come off it?),until you and others start speking a proper conference in the real world, then the world will not hear of you, and will never value what you, and CE, are achieving and what you have to report on matters like this.

    Yes, this is 2010. Real conferences involve some sort of refereed submission and require some sort of permanent record.

    Please, this is not meant as a reprimand or a discouragement, on the contrary the work that you and others do deserves far better and wider reporting than it receives. Get yourself to some 'special' educational needs' or other relevant conferences. Put yourselves about. Immediate comments, favourable or otherwise from fellow conductors certainly serve a purpose, but Conductive Education had been going long enough now in the context of a totally uncomprehending professional world, for conductors to wake up and smell the coffee, and do something about this non-comprehension.

    Keep up the good work,