Sunday, 13 July 2014

SHANGHAI

Things in common

South China Morning Post is an English-language newspaper published in Hong Kong since 1903. Thanks, Lisa Gombinski in New Zealand, for alerting me to this story by Alice Yan in today's edition, even before Google did.

It tells the story of Lu Shunling (80) in Shanghai, who sold up the two villas that she had inherited from her wealthy father to establish a charity, the CereCare Wellness Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and has developed her own massage technique.

Shunling has cerebral palsy...
...We use the conductive education approach, also known as the Pető method, which is acknowledged worldwide as effective for children with cerebral palsy... Teachers use various resources including music to provoke children’s interest and willingness to join in the interaction. Most teachers here are college graduates who majored in rehabilitation. We also invite experts from the Spastics Association of Hong Kong every year to give us guidance...
... I don’t want to keep my method secret; on the contrary, I’d like to share it with as many people as possible, so that it can benefit more patients.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553135/tycoons-villas-turned-house-hope-cerebral-palsy-victims
An earlier account

In 2007, Conductive World reported an earlier newspaper account of Lu Shunling and Cere Care, based upon an article by Cushla Normanpublished in Shanghai Daily, along with some brief background to Conductive Education in China. This can be found at:


East and West

Coincidentally, this earlier report was published shortly before the 7th World Conductive Education Congress, held in Hong Kong and called East meets West, since which time – at least from a viewpoint outside China  Western and Oriental Conductive Education have shown little sign of moving towards understanding each other. It is interesting, therefore, to catch occasional glimpses of something in China that exists on a financial edge, as do many CE services in the West  and has the necessary capacity to generate the PR on which survival may depend, for example:



Massive differences, particularly this characteristically Chinese conductor-free Conductive Education, and the characteristically Chinese way of mixing approaches, but perhaps such glimpses into Shunling's world make it seem a little more more familiar...

Reference

Norman, C. (2009) Sisters' dream school offers hope of normality to cerebral palsy kids, Shanghai Daily, 18 November

Yan, A. (2014) Tycoon's villas turned into house of hope for cerebral palsy victims, South China Morning Post, 13 July


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