Conductive Education is a way of life that teaches people with neuromotor disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, how to become active participants in society.
Developed in Hungary in the 1940s, and having gained world-wide recognition, the aim of CE is the development of the whole student physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially, through active learning, which teaches the student to have an attitude of “I want to, and I CAN, do it!”
The program is provided in a group setting, considered a stimulating and powerful motivator, in which the students learn from, cooperate with, and encourage each other. Additionally, the social group allows for a maximum level of individualization and adjustment to personal needs.
Academics, physical tasks, and exercises are structured and integrated to develop the intellect and teach daily living skills such as dressing, eating, practicing personal hygiene, speaking clearly, and engaging in satisfying social relationships. Students are encouraged to walk or move with the support appropriate to their need. Both body and mind are equally emphasized, for example, walking to the table is just as important as the academic task.
By being physically active and engaged, the mind is awakened and stimulated, the energy of the body is increased, and the mental, physical, and emotional environment for learning and academic success is greatly enhanced. The program promotes increased self-reliance and self-esteem, leading to greater success in mainstream education, less medical intervention, and maximum overall independence.
Orchestrating the child’s integration of movement and function in the classroom setting is the Conductor. Educated and trained at the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary, the main fields of instruction are Conductive Education, medical biology (including physical and occupational therapy), child development, and methodology in primary school education.