Conductive Education—Learning Environment
Unlike traditional one-on-one therapy, CE takes advantage of a group therapeutic approach. Group education provides the opportunity for peer interaction and support; motivation for the individual to attempt and succeed in many tasks of importance, and encourages the development of self-confidence.
The group ratio is generally three participants to one conductor/teacher/therapist, maximizing the client's functional independence in a stimulating and enjoyable environment. Positive reinforcement, encouragement, and the use of alternate activities are used to shape behavior. When success occurs, credit for the accomplishment goes to the child, and not the conductor.
CE classrooms utilize unique adaptive equipment, including the ladderback stander, slatted plinths and benches, and individualized grab bars for distal stabilization. This equipment promotes independence and function. As stated by Dr. Maria Hari, "The environment should not be changed; rather the child should adapt to the environment."
The social group works as an incentive power while allowing for individualization and adjustment to personal needs. Active learning and problem solving is supported by various faciliatory techniques, especially rhythmic intention.
The treatment session includes a series of tasks in positions of lying down, sitting, and standing. Activities of daily living skills, and transitional functional activities (feeding, dressing) will be performed in these positions.