A while back, I read that Conductive Education was an unproven form of therapy. For over 60 years Conductive Education has been practiced around the world yet it’s still considered unproven. If something has been practiced for that long and so many people have had positive results, just what exactly makes it proven? How many studies have to be done in order for it to weigh in as a successful therapy? How many studies have actually been done on physiotherapy to confirm that it is successful?


As you may know from previous posts, the decision was made to send our daughter to a Conductive Education camp this summer. Within the first week of the program at Ability Camp, I watched my daughter do things I had never seen before. Sure to others they might not even notice these small little milestones, but I did.


By week three, her strength and flexibility had improved. Slowly, I learned how to support her and help with her exercises. One day, I was shocked to see the bicep on my daughter’s otherwise weaker arm. There is no doubt it’s was hard work for her, but it’s was very beneficial and she enjoyed learning with others in her group.


Once a week, a Chiropractor comes at the request of parents, to provide treatment for their child or themselves. I had never thought about Chiropractic for my daughter before. What I learned, and was obvious when the Doctor showed me, was that some children with motor disorders (particularly Cerebral Palsy) can become misaligned easily. It was explained to me that these children often have one side of the body with higher muscle tone than the other. The tighter, toned leg for example, is often shorter; the spine begins to curve and could lead to scoliosis. By adjusting the pelvis, the doctor was able to show me her legs now properly aligned and her balance improved.


After five weeks, our time at the camp came to an end. Though my daughter seemed quite comfortable in the routine and new friendships, I on the other hand, was anxious to get home. I had numerous challenges with the accommodations and I’m glad to be back in my more functional lifestyle.  I do however; miss all the many wonderful people I met.


Study or not, Conductive Education was a positive form of therapy for my child. Though I’m unsure if we will travel across country to Ability Camp again, I will continue to enroll her in conductive education programs in the future and do my best to practice it together at home.


I’m so proud of my girl and gratful to the family, friends and organizations that assisted us in making the trip possible. Thank you everyone!


2 Responses to “Conductive Education – Proof Positive”

  • Chastises:

    As far as I can tell CE hasn’t been proven not to work at all, it’s simply not scored better than other forms of physiotherapy. Chiropractic on the other hand is a proven sham.

    • admin:

      Thank you for your feedback. Your are correct that CE hasn’t been proven not to work however, some research suggests further studies are needed as their results were inconclusive. I am encouraged though by the interest shown over the years by some universities or hospitals to study CE. Studies such as the August 2007 Centre on Personnel Studies in Special Education (University of Florida) or the Xavier Hospital and Special School examination published in The Austrailian Journal of Physiotherapy, Vol 35, No3, 1989, A Practical Application of Conductive Education are interesting reads.
      I’m not familiar with a scoring system you referred to. I can only measure what works for my child by the improvements made with certain therapies. There were obvious gains for her in both CE and Chiropractic. Her Chiropractic visits have been reduced to once a month now that she is maintaining correct positioning. We found both treatments to be successful. I think regardless, treatment plans must be tailored to each person’s needs. There is no one perfect treatment that will work for everyone.
      Thanks again.

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