Friday, 22 June 2012


What is it? Learn on line

'Transdisciplinary Conductive Education' is practised at the PACE Centre in Aylesbury England, and is taught at Governors State College in Michigan.

What is it?

If you would like to learn more, TCE will be discussed in a 90-minute 'webinar' (web seminar) to be run twice over this coming July (carrying 1.5 continuing education hours) – 

This session will review intensive transdisciplinary motor learning training using the pedagogy of transdisciplinary Conductive Education (TCE). The CE philosophy looks at motor impairments from a learning perspective. TCE incorporates motor learning and motor control, intensity, practice time, and rhythmic initiation to improve orthofunction in individuals with motor disorders. We will review the pertinent theories and tenets of TCE and how to embed them into services for children with CP. We will also discuss recent research findings that support using TCE to improve functional skills.
Price to participate: $25.00.


O'Shea, R. (2012) Determining the impact of intensive transdisciplinary motor learning training on functional skills in children with cerebral palsy, LiteGait


  1. Governors State University is in Illinois, not Michigan.

  2. Sorry about that. Thanks for the correction.


    "After successfully completing the required coursework, practicum, and capstone project, students will receive a Certificate in the Principles of Conductive Education."

  4. Thanks for that, Norman. The title of the final award is a little strange, since I cannot see mention of specifically conductive principle within the coursework as outlined here (including in the additional information linked to linked to in the box on the left-hand side of the website that you refer to.

    What I do see is a variety of activities that might be profitably utilised in trying to teach movements to motor disordered children and adults. All well and good, and I hope most beneficial. But 'conductive'? I do not see how these various components are conducted into a coherent whole?

    There may well be a most worthwhile school of intervention emerging here and it is nice to think that the presence of conductive pedagogy may have acted as catalyst in bringing these components together. But in my view the new combination really ought to assume a name that reflects its nature (such as in 'NTD'), its founder (such as 'Bobath') its place of origin (such as 'Philadelphia') etc.

    I Ester Cotton has had created, say, 'the Cotton method', then we should should never have had grounds to cross each other. The problem arose because she brought into being an approach that was different, but went by the same name.

    Were I original enough to create something new, then I should make sure that my creation was clearly identifiable, but what do I know?


  5. I have my own view of similar initiatives and and especially certificates, but prefer first to participate in the webinar, learn more about its topic and content,and than share my impressions and insights.
    I congratulate the organizers whom I know and respect for their high standard work, and happy that webinars are also used by our community as it is lately a common method of knowledge disseminating worldwide

  6. Rony, you are right, suck it and see. I might sign up myself. An I hope that others do too.


  7. Hi all, this is a nice discussion. I am presenting the webinar on Determining the impact of intensive transdisciplinary motor learning training on functional skills in children with cerebral palsy,this upcoming thursday. There are 2 sessions. In the webinar I will review the recent literature discussing intensive motor learning. The majority of this work is published on GMFCS 1 kids with hemplegia and diplegia. I will then introduce transdisciplinary CE and the model that is used at the Center for Independence. Finally I will present the data that I presented at the Australasian conference in Brisbane in June. I hope that helps. please feel free to offer ideas if youd like me to add in any information.

  8. The Certificate in CE from Governors State University is designed to offer advanced learning to individuals who are not conductors. This knowledge will help therapsits and teachers work collaboratively with conductors. The coursea re titled so that folks can use the college credits from the Certificate towards other degrees if desired. The 16 credit hours also result in a pay grade increase for some school professionals. There are 2 16 week courses devoted to the pedagogy and implementation of CE, which are taught by a conductor trained at the Peto. Students also complete a 40 hour practicum under the supervision of a conductor. The pathology course and motor control/learning course have been most recently taught by a conductor trained at Aquinas. I teach the reserach course. Weve had 35 people complete the Certificate and will start another cohort this Fall. If you need any more information please feel free to contact me. Robbie OShea

  9. For the person who tried to register but does not want to pay with paypal: just "skip" the payment part, and send an email to and ask them to pay directly. They can run your credit card, and are a very legitimate organization. You can call in your credit card number if you do not want to risk it in an email. They certainly are not looking to exclude international attendees, and have had them at many webinars in the past!