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Conductive Education

Definition of Conductive Education

Conductive education is a comprehensive method of learning by which individuals with neurological and mobility impairment learn to specifically and consciously perform actions that children without such impairment learn through normal life experiences.

Origins of Conductive Education

Conductive Education (CE) was developed in the 1940s by Hungarian physician and educator András Pető. It emerged as a holistic approach to address the needs of individuals with motor disorders, particularly those with conditions like cerebral palsy and other neurological impairments. Pető's vision was to create an educational framework that went beyond traditional therapy, focusing on the integration of cognitive, physical, and social development to promote maximum independence.

Principles of Conductive Education

Conductive Education is built on a foundation of several key principles:

  1. Active Learning: CE emphasizes active participation and engagement in purposeful activities. It encourages individuals to take an active role in their own learning process, fostering independence and self-confidence

  2. Task Series: the approach involves breaking down complex tasks into smaller, manageable steps. This incremental process helps individuals build new skills and overcome challenges step by step

  3. Rhythmic Intention: CE employs rhythmic movements and verbal cues to enhance coordination and motor planning. These rhythmic patterns are thought to facilitate the brain's organization of movements

  4. Holistic Development: CE views individuals as complex beings with interconnected cognitive, physical, and emotional dimensions. It aims to support the overall development of these aspects to improve quality of life

Scientific Basis of Conductive Education

Conductive Education draws from several scientific disciplines to inform its principles and practices:


  1. Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganize and adapt in response to new experiences and learning is a fundamental concept in CE. Through structured tasks and repetitive practice, CE aims to harness neuroplasticity to facilitate motor skill development

  2. Motor Learning: CE incorporates principles of motor learning to optimize skill acquisition. By breaking down movements into smaller components and gradually increasing complexity, participants can build motor skills more effectively

  3. Sociocultural Theory: The emphasis on group settings and peer interaction in CE aligns with sociocultural theories of learning. Learning from peers and engaging in collaborative activities can enhance motivation and skill acquisition

  4. Embodied Cognition: This theory suggests that cognition is deeply intertwined with bodily experiences. CE's integration of cognitive and physical activities supports the idea that movement and thinking are interconnected processes

  5. Positive Psychology: CE's focus on promoting self-esteem, independence, and a positive outlook aligns with principles of positive psychology. This psychological framework contributes to participants' overall well-being.

Is Conductive Therapy right for your child?

You can book an initial consultation of approx. 30 minutes.

It gives you the opportunity to share your child’s progress, challenges, and your goals for them in the future.

During the consultation we will observe your child’s movements and explore what they can presently do with and without support. Based on this observations we will be able to assess whether we are right for your child.

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