Why Conductive Education?

This unique methodology combines medical knowledge with educational principles to serve the whole student. Conductive education advances development and learning for individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other non-progressive motor disorders.

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What Is Conductive Education?

Conductive education is not your traditional educational program or therapy. We take a whole child approach that combines class time with movement, group interaction, family support, and more.

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Our Unique Approach

Conductor Teachers

Our conductor-teachers are specially trained and licensed teachers in the state of Michigan with five years of college-level training. This method links speech, thought, and movement together in a way that helps the child to focus on and internalize each movement.

Group Instruction

Individuals work as part of a small group of children with similar physical challenges. This offers an opportunity for individuals to face challenges, share solutions, and reward efforts to learn new skills within the dynamics of a group.

Group Environment

Our facility is uniquely and securely designed. Equipment is unique to CE and includes slattedtables called plinths, ladderback chairs and boxes that promote body alignment and support the tasks designed to facilitate learning.

Rhythmical Intention

Many activities are conducted with the use of simple folk songs and rhymes that relate to the activity. By pairing rhythm with movement, movements become more fluid and the lyrics provide verbal cues to the child.

Facilitation

From the unique equipment used in our classrooms to the supportive hands of our conductor-teachers — and even from the motivation from peers in the classroom — each student receives support as they need it and how they need it.

Task Series

CE breaks down standard activities of daily living — like putting on a shirt or tying your shoelaces — into small intentional movements to develop specific and targeted motor skills that eventually become involuntary and automatic.

Daily Routine

The child is viewed as a learner and the conductor-teacher promotes confidence, motivation and an understanding of how this child can learn to perform everyday movements to become more independent in his/her functioning within the home, school and eventually in the workforce.

Curriculum

Conductive education helps students build cognitive skills and learn to use alternate strategies to accomplish common motor tasks such as sitting, standing, walking, dressing and eating.

Family Involvement

We emphasize teaching family members to use these strategies at home to reinforce the application of CE skills in all aspects of daily life. Success in conductive education is dependent on cooperation between the conductor-teacher team and the family.
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