Conductive Education is an educational based, ongoing learning program that aims to address developmental problems in a holistic way. It teaches the participants to overcome difficulties so they can live a more independent life. Here, participants learn ways to access information about the environment without modifying the environment.
During different activities, children get the opportunity to build necessary skills by experiencing success. The skills that are emphasized during the program include:
Exploring the Environment/Physical Functioning – roll, crawl, sit up, stand up, cruise along, walk, and use different ways to mobilise/reach age appropriate milestones
Play Strategies – fine motor skills, discover and enjoy different toys, and play activities
Academic Skills – develop age appropriate cognitive skills/understanding, pre-school concepts like drawing, pre-writing, numeracy, literacy, music, using scissors…
Communication/Social Interaction – make connections and interact with peers and adults
Self-Care Strategies – self feeding and drinking, managing dressing, and toilet training
Conductive Education primarily benefits children with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy or children who are developmentally delayed. Such delays may result from illness, injury, environmental factors, or may indicate underlying, long-term developmental disorders.
The earlier that Conductive Education begins, the better the expected outcome. Children can be accepted into the Conductive Education program between the ages of 0-12.
After an initial assessment, each child has an individual program set up by the conductor. The program focuses on individual needs/problems, close and long term goals, and different ways to achieve those goals. The conductor creates a series of tasks where children are able to learn and develop new skills to progress closer to the set up goals.
Activities are set up starting with more simple situations/positions and move towards more challenging ones. Rather than focusing on local functions, each activity assists to bring all developmental areas in and actively involve children to learn.
Sessions provide opportunity for parents to learn as well. The goal is to apply different tasks at home in everyday situations. The conductor will provide ideas of how to use the learnt tasks and implement them into an active daily routine.
Sessions are usually 1 or 2 hours length, depending on age and ability.
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