Conductive Education for Adults with Neurological Conditions

Conductive Education for Adults with Neurological Conditions

This is a system, based on learning, that gives each person the potential to increase the control they have over their movements. It promotes self-esteem and confidence, and can help people improve their general quality of life.

We provide and develop Conductive Education services for adults with neurological conditions, predominantly Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and people who have had a stroke.

“Conductive Education cannot offer a cure but can offer a basis for learning new movements or re-learning ones that are now difficult.” (Brown and Mikula Toth, 1997)

Our Conductive Education sessions take place at YMCA North Tyneside, Church way, North Shields, NE29 0AB. Sessions are term time only.

Here’s just a few testimonials from people accessing Adult Conductive Education:

“Conductive Education has made such a difference, not only to my life, but also that of my family. This has also been confirmed by my GP and consultants. I am able to do much more for myself which gives me that extra bit of independence.” Peta

“Conductive Education is the single most valuable thing that helps me to cope with MS, both physically and emotionally – it’s a holistic triumph!”

“I was in a wheelchair when I was first introduced to Conductive Education and now I only use it for longer distances and have better movement in all aspects of my life.” Wanda

“Since being diagnosed with MS, Conductive Education has had the most positive impact on my life both physically, mentally and emotionally. It is the only thing which allows me to take back control.” Fay

“Out of all the activities and exercise I do during the week, the Conductive Education session is my favourite and most beneficial to me. I would never miss it!” Kathleen

What is Conductive Education? Well, it …

  • is a system of learning developed by the Hungarian physician Professor Andras Peto in Budapest, Hungary, and was initially developed for the needs of children with Cerebral Palsy.
  • is a unified system of rehabilitation for people with neurological disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and those who have suffered strokes or head injuries and can be directed towards all age groups.
  • is a partnership between the educator (conductor) and learners to create circumstances for learning.
  • is an all day, all life, ongoing learning process.
  • teaches people to achieve what they want and motivates them to find their own way of learning.
  • embraces learning development of movement, speech and cognitive ability simultaneously, not separately or consecutively.
  • is not a miracle cure! It needs a concentrated effort over a long period of time to enable participants to achieve recognised goals through task analysis.
  • is a positive concept that looks for ways in which the individual can achieve purposeful movement, motor control and stability.
  • uses only simple well-designed quality equipment to facilitate the learning. The equipment can be removed as soon as the activity can be performed without it.

What are the goals of Conductive Education?

  • To teach the normal lifestyle
  • To encourage personality development
  • To construct different, new methods of functioning and strategies that can be used and generalised into all aspects of daily life.

The sessions are structured to include:

  • Tasks to reduce muscle tone
  • Tasks to improve control of movement skills
  • Tasks to improve posture and body awareness
  • Tasks to improve coordination, gross and fine motor skills
  • Breathing tasks.

Tasks are carried out in a variety of positions; lying, kneeling, sitting, standing and walking. Each session culminates in tasks in standing and walking which combine all the skills previously practiced i.e. a symmetrical posture, range of movements, balance, motor planning to successfully transfer weight, take steps, turn around etc.

Breathing exercises are used not only to maximise lung capacity but to help with volume, intonation and clarity of speech. Facial tasks are also included to help with facial expression.

Language is used in specific ways to facilitate the planning of and execution of movements by providing an external control. The use of intentions (i.e. saying the movements) increases general concentration, attention to each movement and thus control over each movement. Dynamic language, generally a 1-5 count, provides the timing and rhythm for each movement.

Conductive Education is a holistic system that looks forward. It recognises that the way an individual with a neurological condition feels is as important as the way he/she is able to function.