Thursday, 5 February 2015


Two for the record

One and a half months in Persia

In 2006 a conductor called Kristina (full name not provided) spent a month and a half at the Vali-e-Asr Rehabilitation Foundation in Teheran, and recounted some of her impressions in an interview with Zoltán Szobota, published in the magazine Hetek. The precise nature of her mission there was not described, She paints an interesting picture of her experience of being in Teheran, but of what she was doing there her interview offers only a tantalising glimpse:
A teheráni székhelyu Vali-e-Asr rehabilitációs intézet vezetosége olvasott a Pető-módszerrol, és mindjárt hét hallgatót küldtek Budapestre, akiket kiképzésük után hazájukban oktattunk tovább.
[The Head of the Tehran-based Vali-e-Asr Rehabilitation Institute of leader read about the Pető method and immediately sent seven students to Budapest, to be continue to be taught in their home country]

Two published evaluations

Presumably a comparative outcome evaluation, published in 2011 from the Vali-e-Asr Rehabilitation Foundation, was connected with this venture

The report was published in the Iranian journal, Quarterly Journal of Rehabilitation. Both the abstract (in English) and full text (in Iranian only) are available on line, open access and free of charge. Make of the following what you will –
Objective: Cerebral palsy is a non progressive disorder in body posture and movement, due to different etiologies. Different rehabilitation interventions include Conductive Education have been used in these children. This study was performed to determine the effect of Conductive Education (CE) on gross motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy (3-6 year olds).

Materials and methods: This intervention study was quasi-experimental. The study populations were 3-6 year old cerebrally palsied spastic children in Tehran city. The reachable samples were referred to Vali-e-Asr Rehabilitation Foundation, among them 20 children meeting the entry requirements for intervention. The clinical tests were Wechsler Intelligence Scale for evaluating IQ and GMFM-66 (Gross Motor Function Measure) for evaluating gross motor function.
Results: There are significant difference in gross motor functional abilities after using CE (p<0 .003="" after="" and="" at="" before="" best="" but="" ce="" children="" comparing="" difference="" evaluation="" functional="" iii.="" is="" level="" levels="" motor="" no="" of="" on="" p="" performance="" result="" seen="" showed="" significant="" that="" the="" using="">0.466).
Conclusion: CE is an effective approach in children with cerebral palsy and could cause meaningful improvement in gross motor function of children with cerebral palsy, and this approach is useful for all children with CP in different levels of motor function.
(link from here to the PDF of the full text)

There is a e-gremlin in the above results paragraph that absolutely refuses its being be cut and pasted on to Blogger. To read the results as presented in this abstract, go to the URL given. In compensation, the full online text of this article is typographically the most elegant that one may ever see in a journal article related to Conductive Education. Unfortunately it is published in a PDF form that does not permit machine translation.

From the information available it is not possible to gauge what actually constituted Conductive Education here, nor how this may have related to another study published in the Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Psychology two years previously.

There seem to have been no further CE-related studies published from the Vali-e-Asr Rehabilitation Foundation

And now?

What was then outcome of the Iranian training scheme? Is Vali-e-Asr still involved, or even interested? Is this another occasion when the baton was dropped, another great opportunity wasted...

Why is so little in CE ever communicated? Who benefits from all this schtum?


Dalvind, H., Dehghan, L., Faizy. A., Amirsalai, S., Hussaein, B. (2009) Effect of the Bobath technique, Conductive Education and education to parents in activities of daily living in children with cerebral palsy in Iran, Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy, vo. 19. no 1, pp. 14-19

Dalvand, H., Dehghan L, Feizy, A., Hosseini, S. (2011) Assessment of effect of conductive education (CE) on gross motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy (3-6 year olds), Quarterly Journal of Rehabilitation [in Persian]. 2011; 11 (5) :26-30

Sutton, A. (2009) Christmas crackers: pull the other one, Persian puzzle, Conductive World, 27 December

Szobota, Z. (2006) Másfél hónap Perzsiában: Magyarisztán gyógyszere a világnak, Hirek, 28 July

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