Friday, 20 April 2012


Perhaps even better ones

Here is an recent version of a widespread, long-standing and still largely unresolved problem.
The city of Darwin is the state capital of Australia's Northern Territory. It has 127,500 inhabitants, and is a long way from anywhere. It is a modern, sophisticated place, except that it is a conductor-free zone.

It is also in Australia, not the best country in the English-speaking world in which to bring up disabled children. To be fair, though, things are a little easier there now, at least for families of young disabled children, since the inauguration of the Better Start funding programme. With good will and some nifty footwork conductive services just might be open to such funding, but this is in no way certain.

And in Darwin, as in so many places around the world, how does one identify sufficient families aware enough of CE to assemble a viable group?

And if one does manage to create a group, and win the agreement of the funding body to support something that is not 'a therapy', how much conductor time can one parachute in to families' lives? How much time can be made to work together to create conductive lifestyles within finite budgets? How is progress made to be sustained at school age?

Hardly novel questions.

Different models

And what happens if no conductor comes to Darwin, or all those other places that for various reasons cannot create and maintain 'a group'? What happens then?

In 2012 surly there are better models to broaden the conductive benefit. Here are a couple:
  • Never mind 2012, more than twenty years ago Károly and Magda Ákos developed a family-based, parental self-help model for deployment in Germany, to generate conductive ways of family living through family-centred conductive upbrining
  • And now we have emails, social networking, the Internet...
I do not know whether Better Start would smile on such stand-off, non-therapeutic delivery – or even whether many parents would actually like to adopt such approaches. In Darwin, and Lagos, and Trinidad, and London, and New York, and Buenas Aries, and so many other places, there there is absolutely no foreseeable chance that most people who might wish to benefit will ever experiencing conducive services as they were originally developed. Or even stop-gap arrangements that have emerged in their stead.

There will  have to be either radical departures – or for most people who would like to try,there will be nohing.


(2012) Visiting Occupational Therapist, Joshua's story, 20 April

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