Inspired by the principles and practices of Conductive Education
At School for Parents, our work and activities are inspired by the principles and practices of Conductive Education, developed by the Hungarian physician Dr Andras Petö. It’s a holistic education approach that we use to help children with disabilities consciously learn the life skills that come more naturally to others. It is not a ‘therapy’ or ‘treatment’, but a method of teaching practical ways to manage the additional challenges that accompany a disability. However, our starting point is always what a child can achieve, not the barriers they face. We involve family members in all our education sessions as we believe this improves the outcomes for the child. This system enables disabled children and adults to become more independent. Conductive Education has been used in the UK for over 20 years and there are an increasing number of qualified conductor teachers working across the country.
Conductive Education places the parent firmly at the forefront of their child’s education, encouraging the child’s personality to develop alongside their mother or father. It also helps foster a positive child/parent relationship, and allows professionals to work alongside parents as partners, encouraging their natural ability to aid their child’s development.
Conductive Education awakens and stimulates a child’s self awareness, and their capacity to play and enjoy life, despite their learning challenges. By working together, both parent and child will share this unique learning experience. To get the best results from Conductive Education, we encourage parents to continue their child’s learning at home, using strategies that are introduced in our teaching sessions.
The aims of Conductive Education
- To teach a normal way of life
- To nurture a positive outlook and an ability to solve problems and overcome challenges
- To help children achieve greater independence and fulfil their potential