photo of a student using a ladder during a conductive education session

Conductive Education

Conductive Education (CE) was founded in the 1940s by the Hungarian physician professor, Andras Peto. CE uses a psycho-educational approach that focuses primarily on the integration of: the brain’s ability to change and learn (neuroplasticity), the child’s personality and lifestyle, and physiological and medical characteristics. CE approaches physical disabilities from an educational rather than a medical or paramedical perspective. The approach focuses on improving the physical effects of the disability while encouraging motivation and active physical participation, to become independent and increase self-esteem. The desired outcome is to internalize the intended movement and achieve maximal independence which is referred to as orthofunction.

The Key Elements of CE include a CE Teacher (Conductor), CE program, task series, daily routine, rhythmical intention, group setting, facilitation, as well as CE furniture and equipment. This intensive, holistic approach to education is designed for individuals with cerebral palsy, brain injury, spina bifida and other motor challenges. The goal of CE is to increase quality of life as well as the psychological well-being of the child and family