I have found a page called Hungarian Conductors’ Society. I thought it would be useful to write about a few things from this page. First, in this entry I write about the forms of Conductive Education.
1. The first examination, guidance:
Conductors generally participate in the infant’s screening in the infant’s hospital wards and guide the parents to the appropriate establishment of Conductive Education (CE). During the examination at the side of the medical and pedagogical reports, the conductors assess the child’s condition of motion, psyche and intelligence and discuss the further roles with the parents.
Then, during work with the child conductively, the conductor continuously keeps contact with the neurologist, the internist and the orthopedic specialist. Also the conductor writes the comprehensive report, the “conductive expertise”. If the CE is not suitable for the child, the conductor informs the parents and recommends other therapies.
2. Early intervention:
“School for parents”: In the “school for parents” department the conductors work with the children weekly or monthly on demand. They work with very small babies or those who live far and cannot participate in the Institute’s groups. They organize individual programs within which they also teach the parents how to help their own child.
This department plays an important role in the preparation of participating in groups, and ensures the children’s development before they get in the kindergarten of the Peto Institute or other CE establishments.
“Mother and child” group: this group is for children between ages of 6 months and 3 years and recommended for 1, 5 hours 3 times a week. If the parents notice poor movements, abnormal body posture, behaviour problems or passivity on the part of their child, they can have individual or group sessions depending on the child’s age and individual needs. Conductors teach the parent who mediates the learnt things to the child. What they do is not physical training, but they help establishing the way of life from the first moment.
The group sessions are very helpful for the parents because they can experience that they are not alone with their problems and they can share their feelings. They learn the right treatment for their child and the way to make him/her more active without over-helping. There is a possibility in the Institute to make residential “mother and child” group for those who live far.
There are residential and non-residential groups in the kindergarten groups for children between three and eight years of age. They create special kindergarten and preschool groups for children with motor disabilities. The daily program includes the age-appropriate general conductive kindergarten education, the movement, speech, graphomotoric development and the self-care activities. Conductors always make very good attention to playfulness.
Children can attend the school after the age of 6. In Hungary, the schooling of the disabled children is under the advice of the National Committee of Experts examining movements of individuals.
Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) usually have perceptual disturbance, apraxia, underdevelopment of logical thinking, perception and observation problems which make difficult to comply with the educational requirements. There is a possibility to perform the first year in two years or to prepare special curriculum. In the Peto Institute or CE establishments the school agenda includes all day movement programs beside the curriculum. The professionals integrate the motions into almost all the subject.
In my next entry I will write about the “group for adults”, the “control or after care group”, the “interval group” and the “specialist services”.