ACENA Conference Brings Conductive Education Experts to Grand Rapids

ACENA Conference Brings Conductive Education Experts to Grand Rapids

On September 6 & 7, 2012, Conductive Education colleagues from North America participated in the 8th Annual Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA) Conference, co-hosted by the Conductive Learning Center (CLC), in Grand Rapids, Michigan and held at Aquinas College.

The conference had an International scope with an extensive discussion about Conductive Education and Conductor Teacher training throughout the world. Keynote speaker, Franz Schaffhauser, PhD., Rector of the International Peto Institute (IPI), discussed the impact of European legislation on higher education including the IPI Conductor Teacher training program. Live video conferencing was accomplished with Conductor Teacher training programs in Israel, United Kingdom, and Germany as well as an overview of the CE/Special Education Conductor Teacher training program offered by Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Other international speakers included Dr. Erzsebet Balogh, MD, Pediatrician, Neurologist and former Medical Director of the IPI in Budapest, Hungary, who presented outcomes of Conductive Education research studies. Julia Horvath, Ph.D., presented the IPI’s unique integrated Pre-school program. This group includes children with physical disabilities and their typically developing peers with the objective of better preparing children with disabilities for transition to mainstream school.

Presenters from North America included experts on Non-Profit Management, Special Education, and Orthotics as well as those involved in the operation of other Conductive Education programs in North America.
To provide opportunities for preschool and school age children with motor challenges to achieve optimal physical, cognitive and social independence through the application and promotion of conductive education principles.CLC is a 501(C)3 Organization