Wednesday, 14 July 2010

'NEARLY ALL THE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHERS IN CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION – PRESS RELEASE

Consultation about list of priorities will now follow

Release from the Percy Hedley Foundation, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England –
Foundation Hosts International Research Seminar
16 researchers met in Newcastle recently to work out the top priorities for research into Conductive Education. Their findings will be presented at the International conference in Conductive Education in Hong Kong in December.
Tony Best, Percy Hedley CEO said; "we got a tremendous response to our invitation to the seminar and nearly all the major international researchers attended, from countries as far away as Hong Kong and Canada. The discussions were complex, but we were able to agree our priorities for research into Conductive Education.
'Participants are now taking the list back to their own countries, and will consult with colleagues, disabled people and other professionals to reach agreement on a final list of urgent research studies.'
The two-day seminar also discussed how the impact of Conductive Education can be recorded, using the WHO International Classification of Functioning. This would ensure that future research studies produced results that should allow direct comparison with studies in other parts of the world. 
'Conductive Education is clearly very effective at helping children with cerebral palsy, as well as adults who acquire a number of specific conditions. But what we don't have is clinical evidence for exactly what happens within the brain or limbs that results in improvements, nor which aspects of the programme have the most impact. By focusing research on a few critical questions, and using a common framework for recording results, we hope to solve those questions. This seminar is a first step toward that goal' continued Tony Best.
The seminar was organised by Dr Tony Best, CEO - Percy Hedley Foundation, and Dr. Mel Brown of the National Institute for Conducive Education, Birmingham. The seminar was made possible through a grant from the Northern Rock Foundation.
http://www.percyhedley.org.uk/news/100708-CE.asp
It is so hard to convey complex points in the context of a press release:
...agree our priorities for research into Conductive Education... reach agreement on a final list of urgent research studies... clinical evidence for exactly what happens within the brain or limbs... a few critical questions... we hope to solve those questions.
No doubt the proposed consultation will result in more extensive documentation.

'Expert workshop' – spokesman

László Szögeczki who has been acting as de facto spokesman for the group reports on his blog – 
...the expert workshop on research and CE which was held in June this year herewith I share the delegate list (see below), and in some weeks, I will share Dr. Miklos Feher’s presentation, too.
Susanne Carlsson, Pre-school teacher, Bräcke Diakoni, Förskolan, Stegen, SWEDEN
Laszlo Szogeczki, Director/Senior CE Teacher, Independent Conductive Education Services, PhD student, UK
Ivan Su Corporate Programme Co-ordinator, SAHK, HONG KONG
Susan Effgen, Professor University of Kentucky, USA
Zsuzsi Olexa, Conductor, PhD student, Pető Institute, HUNGARY
Miklós Fehér MD, Kisbér, HUNGARY
Leena Airaksinen, Principal, Ruskeasuo School Developmental Centre for the Disabled, FINLAND
John FitzGerald Consultant Ontario March of Dimes, CANADA
Tony Best, Chief Executive, Percy Hedley Foundation, UK
Anne Coates Head of Physiotherapy Percy Hedley School, UK
Mel Brown, Director/Senior Conductor, National Institute for Conductive Education. UK
Jude Bek,  Research Assistant, National Institute for Conductive Education, UK
Theresa Kinnersley, Conductor, National Institute for Conductive Education, UK
Hilde T Myrhaug, Research Fellow, Oslo University, NORWAY
Thorsten Geganwarth, Manager, ITAG,GmbH (Keil-Bastendorff Foundation), Austria
More perhaps anon...

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