Elements of Conductive Education
Conductive Education teaches students how to learn to solve problems when faced with them. It is a holistic, movement based educational approach for children and adults who have neurological motor difficulties. Craig y Parc School has a long history of conductive education, elements of this are retained through our daily physical programme which incorporates CE and physiotherapy elements to ensure pupils develop and maintain their physical skills and flexibility.
- Our staff are supported by our specialist team of therapists to ensure that our young people receive the very best therapeutic input
- Conductors from our sister school Ingfield Manor, provide support and guidance to our trained and experienced staff
All pupils take part in our daily physical programme which develops and extends their physical mobility and flexibility.
The Conductive Education ethos enables our pupils to develop independence, living as active and purposeful individuals. Conductive Education is an educational and holistic approach to the development of the child with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological motor disorders.
NICE defines Conductive Education as follows: “CE is based on a ‘simple’ concept of human potential; meaning that everyone has the capability to learn and develop irrespective of their starting point. CE combines education, psychology and medical science and considers all aspects of the person simultaneously.”
Every aspect of the pupils’ day is considered a learning opportunity, contributing to the development of their whole personality:
- Pupils develop problem solving skills and independence through a series of tasks in lying, sitting and standing positions.
- The skills learnt are then transferred throughout the rest of the day, for example, when taking part in personal care or accessing a computer.
- At Craig y Parc, the aim is not to compartmentalise our pupils’ learning into different areas but rather to embrace all areas of learning within every lesson. For example, within a curriculum lesson, the teacher will build in opportunities for each pupil to develop their physical, communication and social skills in a way which complements and encourages engagement and learning.
Therapeutic input is integrated into the curriculum via a trans-disciplinary team which includes:
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs)