This year, local charity Footprints Conductive Education Centre in Nottingham is celebrating 70 years of Conductive Education, the specialist approach practised at the centre that can transform the lives of children with a variety of motor disorders, including cerebral palsy.
15th to 21 March 2020 is Conductive Education Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness and highlight the benefits of the unique learning programme.
Conductive Education can be applied throughout a person’s whole life and is traditionally beneficial for those with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, MS, stroke and acquired brain injury. It focuses on potential and ability, rather than an individual’s disability. Children and adults with neurological and mobility impairment can learn to perform daily tasks that those without such impairment learn through typical life experiences.
Established as a registered charity in 2002 and currently supporting 60 children, Footprints CEC is part of a national network of 28 centres currently listed https://www.cepeg.org.uk/resources/centres (these include schools and sessional settings/charities), collectively working with more than 2,000 children and adults. Conductive Education can have an extraordinary impact on those who attend the specialist sessions, and on their families.
Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager (Job Share) and trainee Multi-Disciplinary Conductor, said: “ The ethos of Footprints CEC is warm, approachable and supportive with a focus on what can be done to help the children. It is a place of expertise, commitment and capability. Parents and children can attend every week, receive a great deal of time from staff and can learn at their own pace. They can ask questions and receive information whenever they need it.”
“Children love attending, and parents report how helpful it is for their children’s well-being that they meet other children like themselves, particularly as their child’s awareness of their difference grows, and this helps them develop positive self-esteem. This increased confidence supports children when they go into different situations and leads to lasting resilience. Footprints is a place where families feel welcomed, accepted, able to be themselves and express their fears and concerns.”
Nathalie added: “We’re always eager to show people what we do and to demonstrate the life-changing outcomes we achieve. To arrange a visit, please contact us at [email protected].”
-Ends- Notes for Editors
- Cerebral palsy impacts 1 in 400 people in the UK and worldwide.
- Conductive Education was created and developed in Hungary by Pető András.
- Twenty-eight centres provide Conductive Education in England/Wales.
- Conductive Education is delivered by qualified professionals known as Conductors.
- For more information about Conductive Education, go to https://conductive-education.org.uk/
Nationally and locally, we know that the biggest challenge for us is finding enough qualified professionals (Conductors) to provide this vital service. Currently, there is only one university offering a degree course in Conductive Education, and many do not stay in the UK after qualifying.
We want to see that change – with courses being available elsewhere and an increase in the numbers applying for the degree; this is not easy as local centres, such as Footprints, need to be able to support the degree course with practical supervision and tutoring.
Nathalie can provide further details regarding training.