Conductive Education and COGY(1)

June 1, 2018

Have you heard about Conductive Education? Now I have been seeing users on COGY for 1 year, I see more and more similarity between Conductive Education and COGY.

 

Before talking about the link of these 2, let me explain about Conductive Education.

 

According to Wikipedia, CE (Conductive Education) is an educational system, based on the work of a Hungarian Professor András Pető, that has been specifically developed for children and adults who have motor disorders of neurological origin such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, post stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinsons', etc. 

 

I work as an assistant for conductive education classes. I have not been trained as a conductor (the person who carries out CE to clients). I observed CE and understand through working with conductors and clients. 

 

(Photo from Neuro Connection brochure) 

 

In my understanding, CE is for physical control. It may seem as if it is a mild group pilates session. The movement they practice in the session are designed for clients to gain natural movements of body in their daily life. Clasping hands, bending/stretching the knees are the examples of frequently practiced movements. 

 

For me, the biggest difference of CE from other medical/physical therapy is, to treat the whole person rather than to treat the condition. I said CE is for physical control. But in CE sessions, we very much appreciate emotional state. There are greeting components at the beginning of the sessions. This is when clients become more relaxed in mind, engaged with the whole class. And it affects body, too. I see it interesting when clients' emotional state affects the efficiency of the CE session. This is probably why most of the CE sessions are carried out in group environment (peer support really helps), although CE can be practiced in individual session (one-to-one), too.

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