Learning your way to independence
• For the first time March of Dimes Canada will be holding a Spring Break Camp for people living with disabilities in Alberta
March of Dimes Canada in partnership with the Council of Edmonton for Conductive Education and Beyond (CE2B) will be offering its Conductive Education® program, helping children and adults with neuro-motor disabilities improve their mobility, self-confidence and independence.
For four days, from March 30 – April 2, 2015, March of Dimes Canada will be hosting a recreational camp at Southminster-Steinhauer United Church, 10740 19 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6J 6W9. Children's classes will be run from 8:45am -1:45pm, and adult classes for people with cerebral palsy, or an acquired brain injury will follow at 2:30pm - 4:30pm.
March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® (CE) operates from a core belief in neuroplasticity and on the premise that individuals can learn and improve when they are given the necessary tools and education. CE views problems of movement as problems of learning and works to develop movement, speech and cognitive abilities simultaneously – not separately or consecutively. Conductors, or specially trained instructors, work with program participants to help them gain, or regain, physical mobility and self-sufficiency one small step at a time.
“When our son Guillaume was born, my wife and I were told he may never walk. We started Conductive Education when he was one-years-old and since then he's completed a camp like this one every year,” says Patrick Henri, who is the organizer of CE2B and whose son has cerebral palsy.
“Guillaume has done many therapies but none of them produce the same results as Conductive Education. When he returns from camp, Guillaume is always more confident, more stable and more strong. This camp is a great start, and it’s our hope that we develop a full-time CE program here in
Edmonton,” he continues.
Participants will come from all over Alberta.
“We’re very excited to be working with CE2B to bring this camp to Edmonton for the first time,” says Abigail Payne, Lead Conductor with March of Dimes Canada. “We will work with participants to learn new skills, make new friends, all the while gaining the tools needed to become more independent.”
To help support the camp and raise awareness of the program, on February 22, 2015, March of Dimes will be holding a Stand Up for CE fundraiser at the same location.
To find out if Conductive Education® is right for you or a loved one, or for more information on classes, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.marchofdimes.ca or call Abigail Payne at 403-473-4920.