Conductive Education Study in Grand Rapids for Michigan Residents ages 2-6
I live in the Detroit, Michigan area and I am looking for fellow
Michigan families to participate in a conductive education study
conducted by Michigan State University at the Aquinas College
Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids. I'd like my 2-year-old
son to be enrolled in the February 2008 session and we need at least
one more 2-3 year old student for the session to be held. Also, the
April 2008 session needs at least one more 2-3 year old to be held.
I'm hoping we might be able to rideshare and possibly share childcare
Description of Conductive Education from the Aquinas College
Conductive Learning Center Website: http://www.aquinas.edu/clc/
Conductive education is an intensive, multi-disciplinary approach to
education, training and development for individuals with cerebral
palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges.
Developed in 1945 in Hungary by Dr. Andras Peto, conductive education
is based on the theory that the central nervous system has the
capacity to form new neural connections, despite neurological damage.
By repeating tasks and integrating intentional movement with learning,
the brain creates alternate paths to send messages to muscle groups,
creating the desired movements. Through this, a child can gain
movement and skills, and achieve greater levels of independence.
Study session dates for 2008:
V. 1/7-2/1 January Session
VI. 2/4-2/29 February Session
VII. 3/10-4/4 March Session
VIII. 4/14-5/9 April Session
IX. 5/12-6/6 May Session
The main requirements of the study are:
Child 2-6 years old when starting conductive education during the study
Child diagnosed with cerebral palsy
Child is Michigan resident and speaks English
Child has never before participated in Conductive Education
Principal benefit to child: 4 free weeks of Conductive Education
Here is a brief description of the study, written by Sukyeong Pi,
Ph.D, the investigator contact for the study:
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH, professor at the
Dept. of Epidemiology, MSU
Funding Source: Michigan Department of Education
Purpose of Study: To help provide clear, scientific evidence about
how well conductive educational works compared to other early
interventions for CP.
Target Population: Children with CP, ages 2-6, who reside in Michigan
and are considered eligible by the program director (Andrea
Benyovszky) of Conductive Learning Center (CLC) in Grand Rapids.
Children who attended conductive education in the past are NOT eligible.
Study Procedures: Eligibility interview, 3 assessments by a physical
therapist before and after the intervention, and Intervention (4 week
Conductive Education: Participants will receive a free 4 week
conductive education at CLC; 3-5 hours a day at CLC based on child's
Here is the contact information for the study. If you are interested
in participating, please consider contacting me also either to let me
know if we have more students for our Feb or April class or, if
desired, to discuss possible rideshare and/or childcare arrangements.
Also, I'd be glad to answer any questions. Please send me an email at
thiitb-1234@..., or respond via the Yahoo group "respond to
individual" option. (I always choose the "announcements only" email
option in these groups and so don't directly get the general group
email... and I don't have time to check the group websites very often!)
Thanks for your interest!
Sukyeong Pi, Ph.D
Madeleine Lenski, MSPH
Dept of Epidemiology
Michigan State University
B601 West Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Melissa and Dakota Jenkins, Detroit Area, Michigan