Conductive Education is a system of education for children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities that was developed in Hungary in the 1940s by Dr. Andras Peto, a physician, educator, and visionary who sought a method to teach children with motor disorders. Dr. Peto recognized that the human brain is highly adaptable and malleable—particularly in young children—and can find new paths to achieve function and movement.
Conductive Education has been used successfully in Europe for more than 60 years to educate motor-impaired children and to increase their functional skills.
Conductive Education seeks, through a holistic approach, to develop spontaneous and innovative problem-solving skills in people with physical disabilities to assist their maximum integration into society.
Central to the understanding of Conductive Education is the concept of "ortho-functioning," which refers to the learning process of achieving an active, independent, motivated approach to the problems of everyday life.
Standing Tall provides Conductive Education through its gifted team of educators, called "conductors.” Conductors are specially trained teachers/educators who have attained a bachelor/master degree in Conductive Education from one of the three institutes in the world that offer the study of Conductive Education.
The conductors "orchestrate" the child's learning by integrating movement with communicative, cognitive, and sensory learning.
Using verbal direction, the conductor prepares each child to mentally approach a task such as bending and stretching limbs, opening and closing hands, sitting independently, or rolling over or standing, which is then carried out to rhythmical counting, singing, or rhyme.
More complex tasks are integrated into age-appropriate activities: Interactive games and symbolic play for preschoolers and mathematics, spelling and other academic exercises for older children.
The child becomes the active participant in learning, completing tasks designed to build self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
Our conductors work with special educators, therapists, and parents to integrate traditional U.S. academics and approaches into the Conductive Education setting.