The Conductive Education Unit is a Government Funded Department integrated in Woodstock Primary School, Hamilton. It has a tuition-based educational program.
Our Philosophy and Aim
Our philosophy is to teach children with motor disabilities to function as independently as possible.
Our aim is to provide and environment which develops the whole child – physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally – to enhance their lives and provide greater opportunities though out their life.
What is Conductive Education?
Conductive education is a unique system of teaching and learning for children with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. It is designed to improve motor skills and increase independence of many aspects of common living. It is not a cure, but a method of exercises and education which are broken down into basic functional movements. The exercises are performed intensively (every day, 5 days per week) in small groups which promotes interactivity and fun.
Conductive Education was developed at the Petö Institute in Hungary over 40 years ago and has now been widely established in Hungary, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, New Zealand and others. There are other centres using principles of Conductive Education as well.
This is summed up in this One News article about Conductive Education for Conductive Education Week
There is a subject that is often evaded because of its sensitive nature and that is physiotherapy/ occupational therapy versus Conductive Education.
Due to the fact that for a number of reasons professionals and school officials refused to discuss this subject, Conductive Education couldn’t be introduced in many places. It has to be stated that physiotherapy and occupational therapy will not loose their importance and their place in the process of rehabilitation because of the introduction of Conductive Education.
Not all children with motor disabilities are suited for Conductive Education for a number of reasons. A large number of children can only depend on physiotherapy and occupational therapy for their future development.
Also, when Conductive Education reaches a certain point in the rehabilitation process of a child, when there is nothing further for him/her to benefit from Conductive Education, physiotherapy and occupational therapy can take over and continue to maintain the achieved condition and provide a stand-by source of help for the individual.
With the introduction of Conductive Education the significance of PT (physio-therapy) and OT (occupational-therapy) do not lessen – they only take a different route in the process of rehabilitation.
A copy of our CEU Prospectus can be found here.
If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss any part of Conductive Education, please e-mail our conductor/teacher, Livia Jeanplong, who will be more than happy to supply any additional information.
Conductive Education Woodstock School
Ph: 64 07 8556686
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