Up to 3 Years Old

Caregiver and Child

The Caregiver and Child Group is for children in their beginning stage of conductive education. A parent or caregiver stays with the child at all times, working directly with the conductors. The program is very stimulating, fun, and intensive, and focuses on teaching the parents or caregivers to work with their child in a playful manner. Adults also learn ways to encourage their child’s intellectual, physical, and emotional development.

The intensive program is scheduled for four sessions per year, but will run more frequently if there is interest and a minimum of three applications for any given session throughout the year.

2024 - 2025 Intensive Sessions

Sep. 3 - Sept. 27

Session I

Option One

3 hours
/per day
Time
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
$1,458
Non-Michigan Resident
$1,998

Option Two

/per day
Time
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
Non-Michigan Resident
*Intensive Group Sessions will be added if there is interest and a minimum of three applications for any given session throughout the year. Please contact Program Director, Andrea Swiger, at aswiger@conductivelearningcenter.org or 616-575-0575, if you are interested.

Oct. 29 - Nov. 22

Session III

Option One

3 hours
/per day
Time
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
$1,458
Non-Michigan Resident
$1,998

Option Two

/per day
Time
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
Non-Michigan Resident
*Intensive Group Sessions will be added if there is interest and a minimum of three applications for any given session throughout the year. Please contact Program Director, Andrea Swiger, at aswiger@conductivelearningcenter.org or 616-575-0575, if you are interested.

Jan. 7 - Jan. 31

Session V

Option One

3 hours
/per day
Time
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
$1,458
Non-Michigan Resident
$1,998

Option Two

/per day
Time
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
Non-Michigan Resident
*Intensive Group Sessions will be added if there is interest and a minimum of three applications for any given session throughout the year. Please contact Program Director, Andrea Swiger, at aswiger@conductivelearningcenter.org or 616-575-0575, if you are interested.

Mar. 11 - Apr. 4

Session VII

Option One

3 hours
/per day
Time
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
$1,458
Non-Michigan Resident
$1,998

Option Two

/per day
Time
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
Non-Michigan Resident
*Intensive Group Sessions will be added if there is interest and a minimum of three applications for any given session throughout the year. Please contact Program Director, Andrea Swiger, at aswiger@conductivelearningcenter.org or 616-575-0575, if you are interested.

May 13 - Jun. 6

Session IX

Option One

3 hours
/per day
Time
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
$1,458
Non-Michigan Resident
$1,998

Option Two

/per day
Time
Days of the Week
M - F
Length
4 weeks
Michigan Resident
Non-Michigan Resident
*Intensive Group Sessions will be added if there is interest and a minimum of three applications for any given session throughout the year. Please contact Program Director, Andrea Swiger, at aswiger@conductivelearningcenter.org or 616-575-0575, if you are interested.
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Caregiver and Child Follow-Up Group

Follow-Up Program Information 2024-2025

The Caregiver and Child Follow-up Group is primarily for local students who have previously participated in conductive education. CLC staff integrate information from students’ home schools as a cognitive function of this program. The Follow-Up program runs on Tuesdays from 9:15am - 12:15pm over the course of four weeks, during sessions where no intensive session is available. More days may be added if there is interest of three or more students for any given session. The MI Residents daily rate is $81, and the Non-Residents is $115. In addition to group participation, individual sessions can be scheduled as needed at a rate of $100 per hour.

FAQs

Answer Your Questions

Do I have to stay with my child in the classroom?

The CLC facilitates an environment for parents to learn with their child in the Caregiver and Child program, which is for the youngest children. Overall, the decision to have parents in the classroom is made by the conductor team and includes several factors, such as the age of the child and desires of the child/family.

What can I expect my child to achieve in the program?

The program works with the whole child; that is, the child’s developmental needs are addressed from a cognitive, psychological, emotional and physical perspective. After the child is assessed by a conductor, parents, the child and the conductor decide on specific goals for the child. Each child’s route and timeline toward maximum independence depends on many factors, including the support of the family, the child’s motivation, the type and severity of the disability and the age of the child. At the end of the session extensive reports are produced detailing methods and strategies used with the child. Each activity is described and photo documented. These reports are sent home for use with all caregivers involved with the child. This helps insure continuity and continuation of conductive education (CE) principles even after the child is discharged from the program.

Why does the program use a group setting?

Conductive education uses the dynamics of group interaction. This setting provides the opportunity for children to motivate and learn from each other, while in an age appropriate setting that allows social interaction.

Do I have to continue with exercises while at home?

Parents should encourage the child to use the movements learned in class that improve the everyday functioning of the child. An example of these life skills would be for parents to give the child the opportunity to use silverware when eating, instead of a parent feeding the child.

What type of disability does this program best help?

Conductive education works best with about 80-90% of the child population that has cerebral palsy, spina bifida or traumatic brain injury.

What keeps children motivated for 3 to 6 hours a day?

The program is planned daily with age appropriate academic themes and motivation techniques of repetition, music, singing, and game-like activities in a group setting. A child’s educational environment includes daily living skills of eating, toileting, putting on shoes and socks, etc. Children respond positively to these activities.

If I don’t live near Grand Rapids, can I still participate in the program?

Yes, many of our out-of-state families stay at area hotels, offering discounted rates, or find rentals using AirBnB, while their child attends a scheduled intensive session of four to eight weeks in length. Please check our Housing Options page for more information.

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