Monday, 9 August 2010

And what does it mean in America...?

I don't know

...a special kind of therapy called conductive education.  We were there for 6 weeks... 3 hours a day of physical therapy... a lot of stretching and flexing mixed in with tons of walking in her walker, walking in between parallel bars, and up and down stairs and a ramp among other things. The therapists sing while doing the therapy which seems to calm the kids and make them happy... Since we've been back we started...with treadmill therapy...  So she will get this therapy 2 times a week along with her other therapies. I think we are on our way to walking!

http://katiesstemcellstory.blogspot.com/2010/08/tucson-therapy-conductive-education.html

8 comments:

  1. Wow! I am Katie's mom and just found part of my blog on your blog! I hope this information can help someone - Conductive Ed is wonderful and Katie is doing well!

    Amy

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  2. I do not know for sure why Andrew Sutton brought our attention to this parent's blog, although I did assume it was because of a continuing discussion on Conductive World and Conductor about the use of the word therapy to describe what certainly is not a therapy.

    This parent's blog actually uses both therapy and education in the same sentence which can be quite confusing especially to newcomers.

    On another posting of Andrew's there has been a discussion about the use of the name conductive education to describe something that originally was called conductive upbringing using conductive pedagogy. The discussion is about the origins of the name conductive education and how important the name is to the understanding of this method of upbringing and learning.

    I think that parent's blogs are great and probably helpful to many other parents. Yes, conductive education/upbringing is wonderful.Yes, it is great to be reaching a wider audience and this information is sure to help others, but it would be of even more help if care was taken in not calling something that is an education and upbringing therapy.

    This can be really misleading.

    In Germany Petötherapie is sometimes used so the funding can be raised. In America is this also the case? I am not sure how it can be when it is called, in the same breath, a therapy, and conductive education.

    Susie

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  3. Susie I am so sorry to have offended you (and anyone else in the CE World) with my choice of words. Here in America I doubt many of us would know what Conductive Education is. But we all know what therapy is, and it is a really good thing! So in my blog I associated it with "therapy" so that my family & friends reading my blog would understand. Since there was a lot of working on things like gross motor, fine motor, and speech going on (with Katie anyway) I used the word "therapy". I was with Katie for most of her CE and it was a wonderful program! I don't know all the specific terms etc..(obviously! Lol!) as I am just a layperson (not a specialist) trying to relay some good information. That is why I included a video from the CE program on my blog. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I'll try to do better... Amy

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  4. There's no harm in a bit of 'offence'.

    And what's wrong with offence anyway. It is part of human social life in the real world. There is too much pussy-footing around causing offence in disability generally, and in discussing the 'therapies'. A lot more straight talking is requires if we are ever to sort the wheat from the chaff.

    Susie was right in criticising what I wrote in this posting. I was being mildly ironic in quoting Amy in the way that I did. I was pussyfooting around for fear of offending her by saying outright that what she was saying is a wrong projection of Conductive Education and contributes to the growing confusion.. I am sorry.

    Amy is quite right in what must rank as one of the most honest and true statements to emerge from the international Conductive Education movement, ever: 'Here in America I doubt many of us would know what Conductive Education is'. I would qualify this by adding that it applies not just to America.

    I would also qualify it by saying that her statement applies not just to parents and other would-be users but runs right through the movement.

    Clearly the word 'therapy' has different meanings and associations in different contexts countries. Amy, don't apologise, none of this is your fault and I do hope and trust that you will be able to develop a personal and fuller understanding of Conductive Education, perhaps including other ways of 'trying to relay some good information'. If anyone has reason to apologise, it is those in the CE movement (and I include myself in this) who have patently failed in informing you as you and your family so deserve.

    And maybe a little more offence along the way might have helped.

    Andrew.

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  5. Susie Mallett writes –

    Amy, you have not offended me at all. This is something that we read about and discuss regularly. I just wanted to point out that this is what I thought Andrew was writing about in his posting.

    I really think it is in the hands of the centres that are providing conductive sessions to explain to their users what it is they are taking part in, Otherwise how will you and other families find out?

    Keep up the good work with your family upbringing and your blog.

    Susie

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  6. In case I have given the impression that I wrote here about a specfically American problem:

    http://www.conductive-world.info/2010/08/scope-for-improved-awareness-in-uk-too.html

    Andrew.

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  7. Thanks, you two for your nice comments! I did change my blog and took out "therapy" in relating to CE. A bit of ignorance on my part because I hadn't done my homework, and I now see the "irony" Andrew was after while quoting my blog - but without you referencing my blog, I would not be as well informed. So I thank you for that! Have a great day!
    Amy

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  8. And thank you too, Amy. I wish that I could take criticism as openly and as honestly as you do. Keep in touch and good luck with your lives.

    Andrew,

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