Special Education Resource Unit
Conductive Education is an intensive learning approach for children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities originating from damage to the central nervous system, in most cases diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy.
There are 5 key principles which underpin Conductive Education.
A statewide service is provided for eligible children and students who have cerebral palsy, therefore physical and/or multiple disabilities.
Contact: Jan Kenney
Telephone: (08) 8235 2871.
The Program aims to support children to achieve age appropriate independence in
5 Key Principles of Conductive Education
There are five key principles which underpin the practice of Conductive Education.
1. The Group: motivates and encourages the child to actively join in activities with others. Each individual’s success is celebrated by all. Problem-solving opportunities are given as well as assistive technology and communication options which are modelled in the group setting.
2. The Daily Routine: is a carefully planned timetable / curriculum that ensures the child is actively involved in each part of the program. Every part of the day can be used as a learning opportunity. The aim and content of this routine depends on the requirements of the particular group.
3. The Task Series: is a sequence of activities which have a primary focus on the learning / teaching of motor skills. It is the basic framework for the children to practise and consolidate required motor skills. There can be a task series for lying on the plinth (or slatted table), or for hand skills, or preparation for walking.
4. The Conductor: is a trained teacher specialising in teaching children with Cerebral Palsy. In South Australia the Conductor develops Conductive Education Programs, working with children / students in a team that may include teachers, school services officers, therapists and parents to support the development of the child.
5. Facilitation: can include physical cues and prompts, as well as specialised wooden furniture that encourages children to hold and grasp. These can include things like ladders, slatted “plinth tables”, sticks and grasp bars attached to tables.
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School Age Students
This program is offered for children aged 6mths to 5years. Children are accompanied by their parents/caregivers. A hands-on approach is carried out in each session, with a high level of physical assistance teaching parents to support their children in active learning, social development, self awareness and communication. Conductive Education is carried out in an environment rich in activity, sound, texture, and colour, with an age appropriate routine to support the children’s learning outcomes.
Programs for School Aged Children
Programs are offered for primary and secondary school age children/students. Conductive Education is most effective when commenced in the Early Years, therefore support is provided to secondary school students who have participated in Conductive Education throughout their schooling.
Currently two sites in the metropolitan area provide Conductive Education programs: Kidman Park Primary School and Findon High School.
Consultancy Based Programs
Conductors can provide consultancy support to preschools and primary schools across the state. The Conductor trains the preschool/school team to embed the principles of Conductive Education into the curriculum and individual learning programs. Support includes assessment and advice in relation to the needs of individual students, professional development for educators and provision of information to parents/caregivers.
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To determine eligibility for Conductive Education an assessment is required. To request an assessment, contact the Assistant Manager SERU who will forward information and forms.