Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Do I have to stay with my child in the classroom?
Parents are provided an environment to learn with their child in the Parent & Child program, which is for the youngest children. Overall the decision by the conductor team includes several factors, such as the age of the child and the childs/familys needs.
2.) What can I expect my child to achieve in the program?
The program works with the whole child; that is, the childs developmental needs are addressed from a cognitive, psychological, emotional and physical perspective. After the child is assessed by a conductor, specific goals are set for the child. Each childs route and timeline toward maximum independence depends on many factors, including the support of the family, the childs motivation, the type and severity of the disability and the age of the child.
3.) 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.
4.) Do I have to continue with the 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.
5.) 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 or spina bifida.
6.) 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 childs educational environment includes daily living skills of eating, toileting, putting on shoes and socks, etc. Children respond positively to these activities.
7.) What specialized training do the conductors have? Are they therapists?
Conductors have been trained at the International Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary, receiving elementary education and special education credentials, which are recognized in the U.S. While the conductors are not American credentialed therapists, the training received at the Peto Institute parallels many parts of what physical, occupational and speech therapists receive in the U.S.
8.) Are there parents available who can give specifics about their child?
Yes. Please go to the Success Stories area of the web site. This section provides a series of letters from parents speaking about their child and the program.
9.) Is the program available in other states?
Yes, there are approximately 30 other programs in the U.S., but the Conductive Learning Center has the only program directed and supervised by the International Peto Institute throughout the year.
10.) Are any doctors supporting this program?
Yes, there are doctors in the U.S., who have provided written support for conductive education.
11.) If I dont live near Greater Cincinnati, can I still participate in the program?
Yes. More information on lodging and other arrangements will be announced in the future.
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