An Education Division of MindSpace

Conductive Education

Conductive Education originated in Hungary in the late 1940’s as a unique form of education and rehabilitation for children with neurological motor disorder such as Cerebral Palsy. It is based on a belief of human potential where children with neurological motor disorders have the capacity to learn and develop skills, previously deemed impossible, through structured teaching and learning programmes.

Our conductors teach children with disabilities the full range of skills required to promote an active lifestyle thus equipping them with the confidence, personality and motor skills to lead a lifestyle which reflects their abilities and opens up new opportunities for equality and inclusion within society.

What is the difference between CE and other therapies?
This is an educational program, the goal is to teach children and adults to live an independent and active life as possible. Learn how to wash hands, how to use the toilet or get dressed are very important in the everyday life especially for special need children and adults. In a Conductive Education program after solving various task series, we put into practice what we learned.

History of Conductive Education

Conductive Education was developed in Hungary in 1945 out of the work of Andras Peto and continued after his death by Dr Maria Hari. It has been known of in professional circles in the West since the early 1960′ but serious extensive international interest began only in the 1980’s.

Professor Andras Peto

Having studying medicine at the University in Vienna and working in various hospitals in Austria, Andras Peto became an experienced neurologist. He was a pioneer in working with children with cerebral palsy by using a holistic approach to overcome any difficulties connected to their neurological motor disorders.

Through his professional and personal achievements, Peto have been actively trying to prove that despite the damage, the nervous system still possesses the capacity to form new neural connections and this ability can be mobilised with the help of a properly guided teaching and learning process. That is the reason why Professor Peto called his method Conductive Education (Latin origin).

In the beginning of 1950, Peto founded his first Conductive Education centre in Budapest which has been a foundation of the current Andras Peto Institute of Conductive Education and College for Conductor Training in Budapest, Hungary (Europe). Nowadays, the Peto Institute apart from providing conductive care to individuals with motor disorders; it also prepares future professionals for implementing and practicing Conductive Education.

Peto’s mission and legacy have been carried through the years and the geographical borders; although the aim remained the same – to show individuals suffering from injuries to the central nervous system and their families the way to a full life and to make society aware of the opportunities to help.

Maria Hariwas born on 13th August 1923. Between 1941 and 1943 she attended to a movement teaching course. In 1944 worked in a factory. In 1945 she worked as a nurse, from 1946 in the Movement Therapy Institute as a medical student. She take her medical degree in 1952.
From 1946 she appears besides the founder of conductive education, Professor Andras Peto. After his death she became the director of the Institute for the Motor Disordered and Conductors’ Training College. She led the institute in the spirit of the Professor.

She died on 6th October 2001. She fought for conductive education until her death.

Our Conductive Education Program

It includes everything that characterises a typically developing child’s everyday life from meal times and hygiene to play and learning. The program include all physical, intellectual, social, emotional, self-help requirements needed for developing an active personality.

The Task Series is a unique teaching tool used in Conductive Education. It is a series of tasks designed to develop children’s ability to control their movements to change place and position in a purposeful way.

Rhythmic Intention is a specialist strategy used in Conductive Education whereby speech, language and song assist children to learn to regulate their movements, and also improve their communication skills.

The Group provides an environment where children learn from and alongside peers as well. The members of a group are aware and observe each other which can motivate their own learning.

The Conductor - Teacher

The conductor – teacher is the professional who delivers the program. Conductors have an intensive, four year University – Based “hands on” professional training where they learn how to observe each person’s performance and modify the Conductive Education program and timetable according to their needs. The conductor – teacher is responsible for the initial assessment, organization, delivery of the Conductive Education program also the creation of situations that encourage learning and problem solving.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella like term for a group of conditions characterised by motor dysfunction due to non-progressive brain damage early in life.  There are usually associated disabilities as well as emotional, social and family difficulties.  Cerebral palsies are the most common cause of childhood disability. The range of severity may be from total dependency and immobility to adequate abilities of talking, independent self-care and walking, running and other skills, although some with clumsy actions.