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CEPEG Conductive Education Conference 2020


Saturday 28 March 2020

Birmingham City University

South Campus, Seacole Building, Westbourne Rd,



The 2020 CEPEG Conductive Education Conference will be held at Birmingham City University and hosted by NICE - Centre for Movement Disorders. 

Call for Papers:

We would like to invite anyone who is interested in presenting at the Conference

to by 29th November 2019.

Please include your name, a brief description and title of your presentation.


Individuals - £80

Early bird offer of £75 if booked by 13th December 2019

PCA Members - 10% discount


RECEPTION - Friday reception venue TBC


Contact Marie McCann for more information on 0121 442 5556

or at


A New Way to Classify a Person’s Movement Abilities: Using the Movement Systems Diagnoses Classifications in Conductive Education.
Dr. Roberta Kuchler O’Shea:

Plenary - Roberta (Robbie) Kuchler O’Shea, PT, DPT, PhD Professor Governor State University Program in Physical Therapy. 


Dr. O’Shea has been a physiotherapist in the US for over 30 years, focusing mostly in paediatrics. She has worked in several settings including inpatient, outpatient, schools, and the home environment. She currently is a full professor, teaching entry level physical therapist students. She works in a multidisciplinary clinic 1 day per week that specializes in providing services to infants/toddlers and their families. Most of these families live in Chicago’s most underserved and violent neighbourhoods. Dr. O’Shea became interested in CE over 20 years ago when asked to become a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Independence through Conductive Education in Chicago, Il. With a degree in PT and a doctoral degree in Special Education, Conductive Education pedagogy made sense for treating children with lifelong neuromotor impairments. Robbie served as the Chair of the Board for 10 years.  Dr O’Shea melded the knowledge from these perspectives and started to investigate the impact of CE on the movement development of children using sound scientific methods. Over the past 10 years she has focused her research on teasing apart the important and intertwined layers of CE and offering a scientific explanation to some of the results seen in CE programs. Dr. O’Shea is also interested in studying how to advance CE pedagogy by including therapists in the delivery of services, incorporating other perspectives into the CE arena. Dr O’Shea is the author of several published articles, presentations, book chapters, textbooks, and 1 Childrens book. 


Networks of the mind: possibilities and pathways for human potential
Dr. Carolyn Blackburn

Opening Plenary - 

Dr. Carolyn Blackburn is a Reader in Interdisciplinary Practice and Research with Families at Birmingham City University.  She has previously held roles in early years leadership, family support and inclusion support.  Carolyn has conducted numerous research projects with families over the last 20 years.  She is a Churchill Early Years Prevention and Intervention Fellow, an associate staff member at the Champion Early Intervention Centre in New Zealand, an Editorial Board Member of Infants and Young Children, Vice Chair of the European Association on Early Childhood Intervention (Earlyaid) and a member of the Intellectual Disabilities Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine.  She is widely published in early years and disability issues and is a Convenor of the British Education Research Association Social Justice Special Interest Group. In this presentation Carolyn will address important aspects of early childhood intervention and outline current findings from research into plasticity and potential for change


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