Saturday, 10 September 2011

FRANCE: THE ICE BREAKETH

La lutte continue...

From France Roland Lefèvre writes –

Andrew, INSHES, formerly CNEFEI that published such a negative a report on Conductive Education, has just published a special journal issue of its Nouvelle revue, called 'Mul tiple Disability The Challenge of Learning':
We publish an article there, presenting our work:
Yours,
Roland.
        
Here is the publishers' Summary of their article, in French and in English –
 
L’enfant polyhandicapé et ses apprentissages à l’EME La Montagne
Multiply disabled children: how they learn at the medical-educational institution (EME) “La Montagne“
Annick Champolion-Puel, Bernadette Damon, Roland Lefevre
Résumé Les jeunes polyhandicapés confrontent les équipes en charge de leur accompagnement à un véritable défi en raison de l’importance des atteintes qui les affectent. Les équipes médico-éducatives de l’EME La Montagne à Liancourt (Oise) sont depuis quatre décennies à la recherche de modalités d’accompagnement éducatives et pédagogiques appropriées. Elles expérimentent à cet effet depuis une douzaine d’années la « pédagogie conductive » (ou « éducation conductive ») d’András Peto et essayent d’en adapter les principes dans leur travail. Ces principes sont rappelés ici, avant que soit explicité le travail engagé avec les équipes auprès des enfants polyhandicapés admis à l’externat de l’EME, et donné la parole aux familles.
Mots-clés Éducation conductive - Éducation (des jeunes polyhandicapés) - Établissements médico-éducatifs - Pédagogie conductive - Polyhandicap - Projets éducatifs - Psychopédagogie - Travail en équipe.

Summary: Due to the seriousness of the disorders they suffer from, young multiply disabled persons offer a true challenge to the teams in charge of their education. The medical-educational teams of the EME “La Montagne“ at Liancourt (in the Oise département) have been seeking appropriate educational and pedagogical methods for the past four decades. For this purpose they have experimented with the “conductive pedagogy“ (or “conductive education“) of András Peto for about 12 years, and are attempting to adapt its principles in their work.  These principles are presented here, followed by an explanation of the work done by the teams in educating multiply disabled children attending this EME while living at home,  as  well as discussions with the children’s families.
Keywords  Conductive education - Conductive pedagogy - Education (of young multiply disabled persons) - Educational projects - Medical-educational institutions - Multiple disabilities - Psychopedagogy - Team work.

For new readers...

The French seem to favour extraordinary abbreviations to designate official bodies (I don't know whether they try to acronymise them in everyday speech). I do not know whether CNEFEI's change of name that Robert refers to also betokened a change of purpose – or people:


Be that as it may, in 1999 CNEFEI had published a deeply negative, and 'official', report on Conductive Education at the Pető Institute, that has pretty well scuppered major development in France for over decade.

For a note on the long, patient road back, see:


For specific details of the 1999 report, see:


One can appreciate Roland's satisfaction at this latest step in CE's rehabilitation on France.

La lutte continue...

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