Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 ACENA Conference

The 2010 Annual Conference of the Association for Conductive Education in North America.

Setting the Conductive Education Compass:
  • Connecting
  • Communicating
  • Championing
Toronto, Canada: Thursday & Friday, August 26-27.

For more information, including brochure and registration form:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Aquinas College POHI/Conductor Teacher Training Program

A message from ACENA President...


The Board of Directors of ACENA has authorized up to $1000 to be used for scholarships for successful students in the Aquinas College POHI/Conductor Teacher Training program.

We need your assistance in passing the word to prospective students ASAP since the first deadline is April 15 to determine if there is enough interest to operate the program next school year.

We can play a very important role in ensuring we will have American-trained Conductors if we can enroll enough students. In view of the severe shortage of Conductors in North America, we have an opportunity here to make a huge difference.

Please go to the ACENA website front page, where you will see links to the Training Program and to the ACENA Scholarship information.

Thanking you in advance for your efforts,


Dave Dvorak

From ACENA's website:


Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI is the only institution in the United States offering a POHI (physically and/or health impaired) methodology teacher training program utilizing the conductive education method. Aquinas is one of four colleges/universities in the world offering conductor teacher training. Professionals from the International PETO Institute in Budapest, Hungary deliver the curriculum, which is designed by Aquinas College with the assistance of the International PETO Teachers College. The weekly practical training at the lab school complements the theoretical study, and the practice sessions are combined with individual feedback, tutorials and lectures. Qualified and experienced Conductors, both American and Hungarian, provide the practical curriculum.


Bachelor degree in Education: K-12 POHI endorsement, K-5 elementary teaching certificate, conductive education certification from the International Peto Institute.


165 credit hours, one semester of student teaching (8 weeks general ed., 8 weeks conductive ed.) 2.5 GPA, 10 hours per week lab school experience at the Conductive Learning Center (CLC).

What are the employment opportunities after graduation?

The Conductive Education profession is in high demand -- interest in Conductive Education has expanded across North America, continental Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. There are deleted approximately 40 organized programs in the United States and Canada. Programs are opening rapidly and qualified conductor teachers are in short supply, particularly American trained conductors.

Aquinas College is very committed to making education affordable. More than 90 percent of AQ students receive financial aid. The average financial aid package is more than $14,000. There are additional scholarship opportunities for those seeking to work in the conductive education area and also international students.

If you interested in obtaining a POHI/Conductive Education Degree, act now!

The deadline for application to this program in April 15, 2010!

Step One for enrollment: Apply for admission to Aquinas College at

Direct questions regarding admission at Aquinas to:

Tom Mikowski
Dean of Admissions
Aquinas College

Step Two for enrollment: Apply for admission to the School of Ed for POHI/CE by April 15:

Nanette Clatterbuck
Dean of School of Education
Aquinas College
(616) 632-2973

For questions about a career in Conductive Education or to visit a CE program, contact:

Andrea Benyovszky
Program Director
Conductive Learning Center (Lab school for the POHI/CE program)
(616) 575-0575

Visit the POHI/Conductive Ed program website:


Purpose: To support students who are enrolled in the Physical and Other Health Impairment (POHI) program at Aquinas College and intend to become Conductive Education Teachers.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in the POHI program at Aquinas College. Previous applicants and recipients may reapply each year. Two letters of recommendation and a 750 word essay are required. Selection is equally based on character, desire to work with people who have neuro-motor impairments, leadership, and academic ability. Proof of academic progress is required before funds are disbursed.

Amount: From $250 to $1,000

Number of Awards: From 1 to 4

Application Deadline: August 1

How to apply:

Applications are available online at

Payment: Awards will be disbursed to the recipient in two payments. The first payment will disbursed upon ACENA’s receipt of a copy of the recipient’s fall semester grade report from Aquinas College. The second payment will disbursed upon ACENA’s receipt of a copy of the recipient’s spring semester grade report from Aquinas College.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Conductive Education Awareness Day

Today is the day!

February 25, 2010: First-ever CE Awareness Day in North America!

Many centers across North America have made efforts to get the word out. From mayoral proclamations to positive, supportive letters from governors, to radio and television interviews. The latest interview that I've seen came out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Wood TV 8, and can be seen by clicking here.

Locally, a newspaper picked up the story and printed a photo and a lovely article. The full article is not available online, but click here for the brief version.

Many thanks to all those conductors and program administrators who have written letters, welcomed visitors and media to their programs, and worked extra long hours to make this first-ever Awareness Day as successful as possible. I really look forward to seeing how we can use the success of this day to serve more and more individuals with motor disorders and their families.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Job Opportunity

I am looking for a colleague...

Sara's Garden is a non-profit organization located near Toledo, Ohio, USA, which offers both Conductive Education and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Experiencing growth and development, we are now seeking a second full-time conductor.

Requirements include:

*Enthusiasm and a love of working with people with motor disorders.
*Experience with children of various ages.
*Excellent spoken and written English language skills.
*Ability to work in a small team as well as independently.

In addition, some experience with adult groups is desirable.

We would prefer to hire someone who is already in the U.S., but would consider assisting with the visa process for the right candidate.

For more information, visit our website at

Please contact me if you are interested in this opportunity.

This ad is also on Conductive World Jobs on Facebook.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Posting for Susie

with updates from North America...

Yes, it has been some time since my last posting. Christmas Break has long since passed (it was wonderful, but far too short), and now we look forward to Easter Break in April.

I am back at work (for 3 weeks now), with little ones in the morning and big kids in the afternoon. 2010 is off to a good start, as the children are doing beautifully, learning and growing all the time. One of my little ones -- a girl who came to us not speaking -- had some memorable conversations in the recent weeks, including:

While putting on socks and shoes...
Adult: "Let me help you with that."
Child: "I will do it."

This conversation was especially fantastic as she had never before put together a 4-word sentence.

The two-day ACENA workshop focusing on spina bifida/spinal injury did receive enough registrants to go ahead as scheduled. The Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, will host this workshop March 18-19, 2010.

CE Awareness Day
As announced previously, the first Conductive Education Awareness Day will be held in North America on Thursday, February 25, 2010. The campaign 'kit' has already been distributed to ACENA members, and planning is underway for Awareness Day events.

ACENA has continued improvements on its website, which now includes a new forum. A simplified, more user-friendly (I hope!) forum awaits you. Please register, post, and let us know what you think!

Conductor-Teacher Education Program at Aquinas

Enrollment is still open (until the end of March) for students interested in the Conductive Education/POHI program at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Classes to begin Fall 2010.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy & healthy 2010!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

CE Workshop in North America

The Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) and the Conductive Learning Center (CLC) in Grand Rapids are happy to announce a two day workshop in March 18-19, 2010:


-Age and Symptom specific programs in various CE group settings including Parent & Child, Early Childhood and Adolescent groups

-General background information about the conditions of spina bifida and spinal injury at an early age

-Symptom specific goals and tasks in the heterogeneous CE group setting especially focusing on children with spinal injury/spina bifida

-Concepts such as activities during the daily routine, group work, motivation, intention, facilitation, and differentiation in a heterogeneous-symptom group setting

The workshop is suggested for:

Related Credentialed Professionals
Program directors/Administrators who are collaborating with CETs in CE settings.


Conductive Learning Center
2448 Burton S.E, Grand Rapids, MI
Phone: 616 575 0575

Fee: $200 for ACENA members. (Includes snacks and lunch at the Center for both days)

Deadline for Application: January 10th, 2010

The course will take place under the condition that at least 5 applications are received.

Note: Information taken from

Monday, December 14, 2009

Just Do It!

I received my copy this weekend. A pleasant surprise, as the estimated ship date was not until December 15. So far, I have only been able to read the Introduction and a few pages of the first chapter. I am excited to continue reading the experiences of my NICE colleagues, and will be sure to report back upon finishing the book.

Published by Conductive Education Press, edited by Andrew Sutton and Gillian Maguire, available at Blurb for US$13.50.