Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Nothing to do with Conductive Education

And a lot to do with it

I know that I am not the only person concerned for Conductive Education to have stumbled across items in Polly Palumbo's  critical blog:
Polly Palumbo, Ph.D.
I'm a child-research junkie who cringes at botched, stretched, and simplistic media accounts of the latest study. As a psychologist, former researcher, and mother of three I believe parents deserve more nuanced evidence about children's health and well-being. Nothing irritates me like the flawed studies that get as much attention as the good ones. I pledge to set the record straight and tell you what the science really says - whether it contradicts famous pediatricians who write best-selling books, behemoth parenting websites, celebrity moms/activists, or sloppy researchers with their scientific mumbo jumbo. To this end, Momma Data is an independent, non-profit educational organization that does not accept any funding or advertising but welcomes reason, respect for science, respect for a mother's gut instinct, and let's not forget, a sense of humor.


She has some useful onward links too.

There is nothing that applies to all children that does not arise for children with motor disorders and their families. At this specific level, if you bring up or work with children with motor disorders, you should find something of interest here:

A check on the science behind parenting advice and news: What studies really show about breastfeeding, autism and vaccines, peanut allergies, ADHD, sensory perception disorder, cyber-bullying, plastic baby bottles, eating disorders, obesity, day care and other controversial issues.

More generally, she demonstrates the sort of positive, public, critical voice that is now up and running in Conductive Education – but is still so very much in the minority. CE needs much more of this sort of thing:

The unpolished, non-partisan, non-politically correct, no-nonsense science behind the claims.

Reference

Palumbo, P. (2007–) Momma data: debunking children's heath news

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