Monday, 10 May 2010

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

Perhaps something special

Annaleah is five. This week she features in a news report in her local newspaper, by its Editor, Mark Thomas

Annaleah can't walk or stand without help from another person or her walker. She can't talk, although she can say some key words. She can't feed herself without someone's assistance. Tracey Dawson [Annaleah's mother] said the Blue Ridge Association for Conductive Education camp has helped Annaleah progress in some of these basic things and has helped her socialization skills.

A familiar enough story to those who read Conductive World. Less often made, however, is the next point that her mother makes –

It's helped others know how to work with her.

One does not hear this point made often enough. Maybe this is because it does not happen often enough – or maybe it happens a lot but people do not mention it – or, if they do, others fail to hear. I suspect that the reality varies from camp to camp.

What's the secret?

The Blue Ridge Association for Conductive Education is that rare bird, a CE-center without a website, at least without one that I can find. Let us hope that Jean Felts of the Blue Ridge Association will share what its camps do to attain this generalised (and generalising) effect:


Thomas, M. (2010) Event to support camp for area girl, Altavista Journal, 5 May

A spot of music

Only the one, long single take in the first of the three pieces in this link is relevant or, indeed, worthy of merit. It's corny I know, but it's a classic and I could not resist it.

1 comment:

  1. What's the secret?"

    This question fascinates me as I am sure fascinates all conductors and everyone, of every age, who experiences CE.

    I had been reading this same posting from Virginia just before I read your blog (Google alerts working again I suspect), and had picked out the very same passages as they connect to something that I come back to it again and again.

    My latest bite at this happens to be about transition from being a child to being an adult about accompanying our clients 'out' and showing others what they have learnt and how they might live their lives.