Adolescents – Strokes/Other motor impairment

Conductive Education sessions help individuals to develop the skills and motivation they need to overcome problems of movement and bodily control they encounter in everyday life. They can gain increased confidence and self-assurance in finding solutions to the problems they face daily with the leadership and advice of a single conductor in the group. This renewed confidence in their abilities enables them to lead a more active and independent life.

All aspects of living with these conditions are addressed. Planning and recording of progress are guided by the Principles of Conductive Education. Each person has the potential to improve from their starting point; the conductor is constantly looking for such opportunities and such potential. This is a learning process – a re-learning of skills. Conductors work with the participant to find new and different ways of overcoming the problems they face such as mobility, transfer, self help skills, and speech and language difficulties. They will work towards a personal set of goals within a balanced programme which covers all areas mentioned above.

Based on the individual’s ability and needs the most appropriate and beneficial service will be offered. Sessions last for 60 – 90 minutes

Aims

  • Create an inspiring, motivating and positive atmosphere for the individual in order that they enjoy learning.
  • Increase in level of independence, social and self help skills.
  • Increase ability/confidence in their own abilities.
  • Improve bodily control and mobility such as how to find and maintain symmetrical position
  • Increase range of movement in upper and lower limbs.
  • Prevent deformities and contractures, and maintain range of movements and flexibility in joints and ligaments.
  • Learn techniques for being actively involved in transferring e.g. getting in and out from wheelchair, transferring in sitting position.
  • Improve walking technique including weight bearing, the use of ankles when standing and walking.
  • Creating new habits of movement.
  • Increase in stamina.
  • Learning to connect speech with movement.
  • Practical advice for carers/family members.