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Conductive Education® is an innovative learning system that merges the elements of education with rehabilitation. The system deals not only with the physical needs, but also with the social and psychological issues facing people of all ages with neurological conditions. Unlike most medical or therapeutic models of treatment, Conductive Education® attempts to change the way people see their own abilities, and to raise their awareness of the way their body works.
The following video which was aired on 60 Minutes is an excellent description of Conductive Education
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Princess Diana greets members of the public before opening the Foundation for Conductive Education for the disabled in October 1995 in Birmingham, England.
What is the philosophy of Conductive Education?
Conductive education is neither therapy, treatment nor cure. It recognizes motor disorders as chronic conditions which result in problems of learning or relearning which will respond to appropriate teaching.
Conductive Education fully acknowledges that children or adults with motor disorders may have continuing medical needs, which will benifit from appropriate medical intervention. This does not deny the needs for teaching and learning.
Conductive Education asserts that there is much more to living and development than the medical and the social. There is the phycological too and, as in every sphere of human life, this is best addressed by education. Further, as in all excellent education, the goal of Conductive Education is to create autonomous learners who go on to learn, adapt and develop under their own direction, because that is how they now are.
S.W.O.N.T.Conductive Education Program
S.WO.N.T. Conductive Education offers a safe, learning environment where children get the attention and care that they need. Our ratio of children to conductors is always within safe and reasonable guidelines; to make certain that each child receives quality time and attention.
We are also a registered charity with Canada Customs and Revenue, and have met or exceeded all health, safety and regulatory guidelines.
At S.WO.N.T. Conductive Education, children aged 2-16, participate throughout the day in developmentally-appropriate activities based upon each child's own individual assessment and needs, such as:
- muscle stretching exercises
- large and small motor skill activities
- transitioning, movement and mobility exercises
- sitting up with or without help
- developing hand-eye coordination
- self help skills including feeding, toilet training, dressing
- working with adaptive equipment as needed
- verbal and non-verbal communication
In addition the program has been beneficial in helping the children:
- establishing security and self confidence
- learning or improving self expression
- dealing with crowded environments
- developing self sufficiency and reducing dependence on others
The repeated process of setting and attaining small goals helps develop independence and self esteem, and encourages participants to keep working. Tasks are designed to focus on coordinating the physical, mental and emotional factors by making the body and the mind work together.
Conductive Education has a reported seventy percent success rate for children with Cerebral Palsy, helping them to learn how to hold their heads up, how to sit up, how to feed themselves, become toilet trained and, even, how to walk.
The three or four week program can dramatically improve their motor skills and self esteem, developing self initiative, problem solving and encouraging greater independence.
Since 1999, starting in Chatham-Kent, the program has expanded to Sarnia-Lambton, St. Thomas-Elgin and Windsor-Essex.
The Conductive Education Committeehas established a registered charity, the S.W.O.N.T. Conductive Education Trust Fund.
Our Trust seeks financial support from service groups, together with businesses, industries, corporations and individuals to fund the program. We are a registered charity with Canada Customs and Revenue and have the ability to issue a receipt for any charitable donation. The administration of the program is performed by dedicated Optimist members, who receive absolutely no remuneration, ensuring the maximum amount possible of your donation goes to help children in need.
It costs from $1250.00 to $2,000.00 to provide each child with the custom fitted furniture and equipment, necessary for the program and to cover the cost of specially trained Conductors. Only a $200.00 commitment fee is expected from the parents of the child as well as a commitment to assist in fundraising. The remainder of the cost is covered by the trust, after approval of a completed application.
Through the integrity and honesty of the board of trustees, the dedication and compassion of the conductors, the love from the children's parents, the enduring hard work from the children and the generous support from all Canadians funding this worthy cause, we're confident our quest to help thousands of children in Canada with Cerebral Palsy will continue for years to come.
You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect. We believe all children are precious gifts and we treat them as though they are precious gifts.
To learn more, contact us today!
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