Playing With Angels
- Luka’s wonderful world Luka’s wonderful world
Luka is a 12 years old young boy with progressive muscular dystrophy. He sits in a wheelchair and he cannot eat, drink or take care of himself. He is only able to move his fingers, with which he uses a pen to draw or drive his wheelchair. [...]
- That’s why it’s worth it! That’s why it’s worth it!
Yesterday morning Vanda – my colleague – was leading the group standing program. Usually we – conductors – start the programs with an awareness game to let the children dissolve and get ready for the tasks! Va [...]
- Me, the conductor! :) Me, the conductor! :)
I would like to share the beautiful world of conductive education with you in few words. We are Conductors and we are awesome!
- Mermaid in wheelchair Mermaid in wheelchair
Sue Austin had an idea. Actually it seemed crazy! She thought she can use her wheelchair to explore underwater! Therefore – in 2010 – she began building an underwater wheelchair for a work she called “Freewheeling, Testi [...]
- Standing in a wheelchair?! Standing in a wheelchair?!
Sitting in a wheelchair means: reaching things is certanly hard, talking with others is slightly awkward and last but not least that their users are always in a sitting position. Which is – to tell the truth – not very comforta [...]
Love That Max
- How to (mostly) have patience when your child acts up How to (mostly) have patience when your child acts up
"In one post (I can't remember which) you mention having endless patience for your child. Really? I struggle with this so much," the email read. "My little girl is 3 1/2 and her more challenging behavior makes me want to scream with frust [...]
- Toys aren't us: Dealing with special needs parent buying compulsion Toys aren't us: Dealing with special needs parent buying compulsion
I did a huge toy purge this weekend—perhaps you heard me screeching "I can't believe how much crap the kids have!!!" as I unearthed yet another game that was missing approximately 97 pieces. It's been years since I sorted thro [...]
- Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-Up: It's addictive! Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-Up: It's addictive!
It's another Special Needs Blogger Weekend Link-Up, almost as addictive as chocolate, Chunky Monkey ice-cream and reality TV. Almost. The idea Link to a favorite post of the week—yours or someone else's. What to do Scroll all the way [...]
- Special needs dads are so hot when... Special needs dads are so hot when...
Dear Special Needs Dads, It's not that your muscles aren't impressive or your hair's no longer gloriously thick or your smile any less dazzling than it was when we first met (they are, it is, always will be). It's just that we mo [...]
- Kids' favorite security objects: Max's new crush Kids' favorite security objects: Max's new crush
In recent years, Max has had many objects of affection: The plastic bowl, plate and cup he liked to sleep next to. The Cars 2 CD player we got for his birthday that he'd literally just sit and gaze at in awe. A purple Halloween pail he t [...]
- Progress update. - Children on the Snowdrop programme. Progress update. - Children on the Snowdrop programme.
We have a range of reports of children's progress from mums who are members of the private Facebook group group for families with children on the Snowdrop programme today. They are as follows. ------------------------------------------ [...]
- What is Cerebral Palsy? What is Cerebral Palsy?
There are many varied and confusing definitions of cerebral palsy, many of which do not mention the brain. They speak of disorders of movement and posture, they speak of the body musculature, I have even seen one which refers to cerebral [...]
- Trampolining with my Sister Trampolining with my Sister
One of these little twin sisters was severely brain damaged at birth. She has been on the Snowdrop programme for 2 years and now even her neurologist can't tell which one is injured and which one isn't. Can you?Anyone who wants [...]
- Moving Away from Autism on the Snowdrop Programme. Moving Away from Autism on the Snowdrop Programme.
This little boy, who has a diagnosis of severe Autism, has been following the Snowdrop programme for just over a year. His sensory processing problems were so severe as to preclude him from leaving the house. His language was ve [...]
- I can Stand! I can Stand!
This was posted by a mum, on the 'private' Snowdrop group for parents who have children on the programme this morning. It shows just what is possible with patience and determination. "This is my lovely 2.5 year old girl with qu [...]
Conductive Education in B.C.
- BC Conductive Education Association? BC Conductive Education Association?
I figure it's time to just make one of these: an organization for anyone in BC who is interested in conductive education - folks with or without motor disorders, parents, conductors, professionals, and so forth. H [...]
- You want to help? Get out of [IN] the way. You want to help? Get out of [IN] the way.
I know I've beaten this phrase to death; but the memory of it stands out so clear. My Dad had the Volvo up on jacks, in the garage, during one of our Minnesota winters. He had his wood-burning stove going too; and I don't [...]
- Irresistable or not? Irresistable or not?
In my family, where we have my son 50%; and his school is NOT conductively oriented; it has been a long, somewhat sad road. I've been asking his teachers for YEARS to consider doing things a different way. I've been met with a cascade of [...]
- Invite to those interested in starting a BC CE Association. Invite to those interested in starting a BC CE Association.
I think it's time to organize a BC CE Association. Working in a vacuum is ridiculous, especially when I see how quick folks want to work conductive education into their programs; be it home schooling, a publi [...]
- Least Necessary Help. . . Least Necessary Help. . .
Holy smokes. Seriously, this one kills me; because in the world of able-bodied edumacation, "least necessary help" is the absolute norm. Overexplaining, overly necessary help, simply strangles the educational opportunities that [...]
Conductive Education Information
- Norman Perrin named as an honorary conductor for 2013 Norman Perrin named as an honorary conductor for 2013
The World Congress of Conductive Education takes place every three years and the next one will be in October this year in Munich.http://www.ce-worldcongress2013.org/default_en.aspAt these congresses a number of people are awarded honor [...]
- Conductive Education pocket book Conductive Education pocket book
Today I was told about a new book about Conductive Education -The Conductive Education pocket book.This can be found at http://issuu.com/jessicakatenoel/docs/cepocketbookJessica Kate Noel produced this in August 2012 fo [...]
- Availability of papers on Conductive Education read at conferences Availability of papers on Conductive Education read at conferences
Today I read a posting by Susie Mallett about a cerebral palsy conference in Bled. http://www.susie-mallett.org/2013/05/normal-0-21-false-false-false-de-x-none_18.html She notes that there was a presentation made by a [...]
- No news is not good news No news is not good news
Since April 2009 I have been posting lists of Conductive Education news items on this blog. Gradually these have developed into lists of fundraising activities for services all over the world, rather than interesting feature articles, devel [...]
- My lists, CE Centres and Conductor Workplaces My lists, CE Centres and Conductor Workplaces
I believe there has been some confusion and miscommunication about my lists of CE Centres and the new virtual map of Conductors' Workplaces. The links to the lists which appeared on the sidebar of this blog, have been deleted (a [...]
- LITTLE KNOWN AND LONG FORGOTTEN LITTLE KNOWN AND LONG FORGOTTEN
De facto purge of East German psychologyI have recently been reminded of something that raised virtually no remark in the West in the heady years following the fall of the Wall so rather than rely on my own distant memories, I thought that [...]
- POLITICS AND TECHNICALITIES POLITICS AND TECHNICALITIES
Chose where you fightI received this circular notification this morning from Ontario, Canada, via Facebook. This is a sample letter to be sent to Members of Parliament, prepared by the Chase the Dream charity, but with local variations [...]
- THE WHEELS OF GOD THE WHEELS OF GOD
So exceeding slowA few days ago I stumbled across this article from 2009, and the world looked just a little better a place:http://lchc.ucsd.edu/mca/Journal/pdfs/16-4-cole.pdfWell, I'm damned, whatever next? It would be nice to think that n [...]
- HUNGARY: SHOCK, HORROR HUNGARY: SHOCK, HORROR
Al Jazeera is shockedAre you?I have never known what to make of Hungarian politics. This is as true now as it was when I first went there during Goulash Socialism. Of course it is axiomatic that all countries are less that perfect but has [...]
- WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
Here we go again...The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of seeking input from professional stakeholder groups and consumers regarding the draft proposals of the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases ( [...]
- It is hot! It is hot!
Very hot! I did not cycle home in the noon-day sun today because it was incredibly hot. Instead I remained at work and finished my preparations for next Sunday’s garden fete – we will be auctioning the chairs that the conductive department [...]
- PS to Frankfurt job PS to Frankfurt job
Summer arrived, late, but it is here at lastThank you to Andrew Sutton for putting the information from my blog about the family in Frankfurt who are looking for conductive help, on Facebook’s CONDUCTIVE WORLD MARKET.Only hours after it ap [...]
- Trains return to UK! Trains return to UK!
ToysI do not have my Hornby model train in my flat in Germany, it is packed in boxes at my Dad’s house where it has been unseen for several years, perhaps it is time that Dad and I have another play with it next visit.I do have my N-gauge [...]
- Spotty, Stripy and Retro Spotty, Stripy and Retro
It is Kindergarten time again. The work with the small children seems to come round again so quickly these days. I always try to prepare something new for the littlies, to make them laugh and give them something to play with, and motivate [...]
- Weather update Weather update
Rain, rain go away!I cycled to work this morning wrapped up for winter weather, it was still drizzling and the temperature had not yet reached double figures.I took the detour as planned to check what was going on in the village near work. [...]
- Stephen Twigg supports Conductive Education! Stephen Twigg supports Conductive Education!
The Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg, I read in this morning’s press, is in favour of all teachers being trained. Conductors are trained. Ergo Stephen Twigg is in favour of Conductive Education! Well, no. I’m kidding. It’s a fantas [..
- Something to admit to being proud of! "Honorary Conductor" indeed. Me! Something to admit to being proud of! "Honorary Conductor" indeed. Me!
The email was from Rony Schenker. What it had to say originated not with Rony but from Eva Beck of the International Peto Association. "Dear Dr Schenker" it began, then: Thank you for recommending Mr Norman Perrin for the Honorary...
- The role of leadership is to create a climate of possibility not command and control. The role of leadership is to create a climate of possibility not command and control.
- 102 new Free Schools announced - 8 special schools 102 new Free Schools announced - 8 special schools
Education Secretary Michael Gove today approved 102 new free school applications to open in 2014 and beyond. just 8 are special schools. 2 of these are National Autistic Society free schools adding to NAS's first free school due to open...
- She's leaving home: cuts, mortality and independent living She's leaving home: cuts, mortality and independent living
Some subjects are just not easy to write about. One's mortality, for instance. How many times over the years have I heard parents of severely disabled children express their worry about what will happen to their child once they themselves.. [...]