Learning Your Way to Independence
• February 21st is National Conductive Education Day across North America
Across the continent there are millions of children and adults who could be learning how to become more mobile, independent and self-confident with a dynamic learning system called Conductive Education®.
Developed over sixty years ago in Hungary by Dr. András Peto, Conductive Education (CE) maximizes the independence and mobility of children and adults with disabilities like stroke survivors, and those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injuries, Parkinson's disease and spina bifida. CE operates from a core belief in neuroplasticity – the lifelong ability of the brain to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences – and on the premise that no matter how severe the disability, people can learn and improve when they are motivated. Conductive Education helps individuals learn their way to independence.
On Thursday, February 21st, the member organizations that comprise The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) will be celebrating Conductive Education Day. ACENA is the representative of the programs and professionals providing Conductive Education services within the North American Continent. ACENA acknowledges and promotes the practice of Conductive Education. The Cities of Toronto and Halifax have both proclaimed February 21, 2013 as National CE Day.
CE has the potential to transform lives – like Toronto participant Maclain. Maclain was born prematurely and has severe cerebral palsy that results in extremely low body tone and control. Since starting CE, Maclain’s head and trunk control have improved tremendously. He is gaining the use of his left hand and fingers to grab, hold and manipulate objects and he is learning to stand and step in his walker with the guidance and support of the CE staff.
"This is huge for us because it shows the potential ability he may have to power a wheelchair, feed himself, and operate a computer, etc.— all things that will help contribute to our ultimate goal for him, which is independence. His words and comprehension have exploded. He just lights up with pride when he accomplishes something, and at CE it seems that every day he does something even better than the day before. It is truly the most well-rounded approach to helping kids like Maclain. With CE, we see progress and improvement in all areas of Maclain’s development," says Brenda Agnew, Maclain’s mom.
It is believed that Conductive Education has the potential to make a significant, life-changing impact on the mobility and independence of close to 9 million people in Canada and the United States. Millions more will also indirectly benefit – spouses, parents and caregivers – by having their loved one become more independent, motivated and self-sufficient.
“We recognize Conductive Education Day as a way of raising awareness of this very important and innovative program,” says Brent Page, Conductive Education Manager for March of Dimes Canada. “It is our hope to expand CE to anyone in Canada – and moreover, North America, who might be able to reap the benefits from it,” he continues.
March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. For more information please visit www.marchofdimes.ca, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-263-3463.
The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) is the representative of the programs and professionals providing conductive education services within the North American Continent. ACENA acknowledges and promotes the practice of conductive education.