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Saturday 12 May 2018

Park Inn

Mansfield Road




One Step Beyond - Experiences of Undertaking a Masters in CE
Jules McDonald

The commitment to exploring further study at a post-graduate level in conductive education is not an easy one but has been the best decision for my continued personal and professional development as a Conductor. I can’t say I’ve loved every minute, but the experience so far has been excellent, and I wanted to share my experience to encourage others to take that step.

What Works for Children with Disabilities: A scoping evaluation of Conductive Education at Footprints Conductive Education Centre
Dr Adam Barnard & Linda Kemp

The presentation will report on a small-scale scoping study of Footprints CEC (formally School for Parents) in Nottingham. The study examines the efficacy of Conductive Education for children with disabilities who access services available at Footprints CEC. The study contributes towards establishing an evidence base for the achievements of Conductive Education.

It Needn’t Be Your Plan B - Our experience of delivering an in-house Conductor’s Assistant training programme.
Kirsten Bairstow-Robb, Jo Garwood & Karen Whitehall

The Footprints CEC Team will talk through their in-house experience of delivering the Conductor’s Assistant training programme and explore:

-Why they decided to deliver the course

- The benefits and challenges

- The candidate's experience


Delegates will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.

Practical help to secure the best educational support for your child
Jay Tomlinson, SEN Legal Advisor, Barratts Solicitors

What you need to know as a parent/carer or education provider to meet a child’s special educational needs.

The talk will give you the tools to know how and when to apply for an EHCP, what it should contain and how to challenge provision.

It will also include advice for transitions and changes between schools to age 25 and making the most of annual reviews.

The challenge of securing state funding & developing sustainable income streams
Paula Barnes, Solicitor/Chair of the Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education

In recent years many smaller charities have seen demand for their services rise, but their funding reduced or changed because of cuts in public spending. It is imperative that there are sustainable funding streams for any charity. Inevitably all too often there is a heavy reliance on gifts, donations and grants. This creates uncertainty.

Opportunities exist, which are often overlooked or missed to work with families to support them through statutory assessments and encourage them to build conductive education into any EHC plan, Children Act or CHC assessment and thereby, create sustainable funding streams.

Key Note Speaker
Richard Whitehead MBE, Paralympian athlete

School for Parents is delighted to introduce World Record holder and current Paralympic and World Champion, Richard Whitehead MBE. The British athlete and double leg amputee is a firm believer in accepting who you are and making the most of it. He believes in living life without limits, leading him to become one of the world’s best sprinters, so who better to open a conference for practitioners and families with the same philosophy! Richard's plenary speech is set to inspire and motivate, and we can't wait to hear what he has to say.

Safeguarding the quality & future of CE in a changing world
Dr Melanie Brown, CEO/Senior Conductor, NICE

To preserve the unique nature of conductive education as an approach for children and adults with movement disorders, we need to address the issues currently being faced in the ‘modern world’. This presentation will summarise areas including quality assurance and training, and provide an insight into how we can ensure a secure future.

Action Cerebral Palsy: update on our III Campaign and Activities
Caroline O’Shea, Director of Policy and Communications, Action CP Amanda Richardson, Chief Executive, Action CP

This will be an informal seminar-style presentation and discussion about Action CP’s aims, recent activities and plans including the III (Identify, Intervene & Impact) campaign.

We hope to engage with participants to gain further insight, examples of best practice, and evidence of the impact of III in centres around the UK to support the national campaign for better provision for children with CP.

Scoliosis management for children with Special Needs- The Schroth Method
Gabriella Papp, Lead Therapist/Conductor Teacher, Marbles Movement and Learning LTD

Gabriella is a Hungarian trained Conductor Teacher and a physiotherapist. She came to the UK in 2015 and started working for Marbles. Since then she has completed various courses to broaden her knowledge and was promoted to Lead Therapist to support her colleagues.

She is passionate about her work and blends her Conductor & Physiotherapy knowledge to provide the most suitable programme for every individual.

Assistive Technology for learning, leisure, work and communication
Sean Carroll, Independent Assistive Technology Consultant

Sean will introduce and discuss three assistive technology components that can provide opportunities for disabled users to experience independent control of motivating items in the home and school. These are access, or control devices, mounting equipment and the interface with the item the person will control.

The presentation will feature demonstrations and examples of real-world implementations.

We pay good money for this! Adult participants’ perspective of the benefits of Conductive Education
Annamaria Berger-Jones, Conductor/ Lecturer, Conductive Enablement

Adult participants giving their reasons, in their own words, why they choose to attend Conductive Education sessions and what are their perceived benefits from doing so.

The practical application of skills learnt during the Hand Task Series to academic lessons
Zsuzsi Olexa, Lead Conductor/Teacher Sarrah Blyth, Maths Teacher

Teachers and team members are seeking the knowledge Conductors have in facilitating and activating the children so that they can help and teach them more effectively.

The main target audience for this presentation is individuals not trained specifically in Conductive Education and whom would like to implement some extra practical ideas and solutions into their everyday work.

Going forward through theory and research
Professor Anne Emerson, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham

Conductive Education is based on key theoretical pillars which were subsequently criticised for lacking validity. Anne will consider the evidence currently emerging in the field of neuropsychology to evaluate the theoretical basis. She will argue that there is now compelling evidence that CE practice is beneficial for children, based on our understanding of neuro-plasticity and development.

Teaching orthofunction through self-identity, assertiveness and resilience
Amanda Dorter, Freelance Conductor & Massage Therapist

A dialogue on how we as Conductors can be forward-thinking in our approaches to the whole person, including considerations of emotional regulation, gender and sexuality (particularly in youth school settings), and emotional regulation. Models from PHSE curriculum to disability studies to the Zones of Regulation will be discussed.

Thinking outside the box: what else can be used to optimise outcomes in rehab?
Anna Wilkinson, Consultant Physiotherapist/Managing Director, More Rehab Ltd

This presentation will discuss advancing physiotherapy practice and explore what is available. The presenters will explore physiotherapy, aquatic therapy, robotics, Mytherappy, constraint-induced movement therapy, sensory integration, Molli Suit, use for primitive reflex inhibition, postural care, body weight support treadmill training, rebound therapy, hippotherapy, play therapy and integrating music therapy within physiotherapy sessions.

They will look at the principles around these therapies and how they might fit with CE principles and pathways.

Conductive Education Model in North America
Anita Keresztury, Conductive Education Teacher, Centre for Independence through CE, USA

The content will focus on:

  • A brief history of conductive education in North America, followed by brief introductions of running programmes on the continent
  • What is the significance of ACENA?
  • Summary of finished and ongoing research
  • Training/events in Canada, USA and Mexico

The main CE models in the USA

The effects of Parkinson’s on a married partnership
Kendal Smith, Student Conductor, NICE

The presentation will explore how the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can affect the relationship between elderly couples. It focuses on what parts of the relationship can be affected, how the symptoms of Parkinson’s affect the relationship, and how the main principles and methods of Conductive Education are and can be used to help.

Update from PCA
Jules McDonald, Chair of PCA
From here to anywhere
Jason Beaumont, former School for Parents pupil.

Jason will give a brief overview of his early years going through Conductive Education and then talk about his career in the MOD and other achievements. He will bring the presentation to a close, talking through his current work/experiences and express the point that there is always something to strive for/succeed at.

More information

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