There are five important elements to facilitate the process of Conductive Education:
1. The conductor
2. The programme
3. The task series
4. Intention / Rhythmical Intention
5. The group
The Conductor 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 program and timetable according to their needs.
They are responsible for the initial assessment, organization and delivering the program and also create situations that encourage learning and problem solving. Conductors concentrate on the positive aspects to ensure that the individual experiences success and feels the effort is purposeful and worthwhile.
Personally I like to give positive feedback to the kids all the time, even if they couldn’t do their best. To give an example, when a child cannot perform a task perfectly, I try to encourage him by saying next time; if you try to do your best a bit more, it will work. And I also tell him he did another task well.
Conductors use ‘hands off’ philosophy which means that they assist the child physically to learn movements that require skill and sensitivity but allow the child to understand the movement required, initiate that movement and thus be as independent as possible in the execution of that movement, experiencing success.
One of the best moments in my life. 🙂
In the next post of the series, I will describe the programme used in Conductive Education.