My introduction to Conductive Education when I visited Step and Learn in Strood today

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I enjoyed a really informative visit to the Step and Learn Charity  based at the English Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Strood this morning.

I was accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Medway Cllr Jane Etheridge who is also one of the Ward Councillors for that area.

I met the Founder and Chairman Rod Black the Founder of Step and Learn and his team before being taken on a tour of the facilities and watching them in action with the children

The following, which is taken from their website explains how the team work:

Step and Learn

Step and Learn would like to welcome you to our centre for children with cerebral palsy and associated motor difficulties. We are a centre dedicated to assist children to reach their full potential.

In order for your child to achieve we rely heavily on your participation and co-operation, you are at the forefront of your child’s development.

We supply information and guidance to enable your child to reach their full potential through a broad and balanced curriculum, using play to stimulate and motivate. We aim to give your child the knowledge they need to become as independent as possible.

Step and Learn promotes the positives of life and assist the child to say “I can” instead of “I can’t”

Our aim, like Andras Peto the Hungarian founder of Conductive Education, is to view the child holistically, educating and motivating the child through play to become active participants throughout their daily lives.

Our early intervention programme for pre-school children from birth to five years incorporates the educational values of the Great British governments Early Years Foundation Stage (2012) principals and invites the parent/carers to be fully involved throughout their child’s learning process.

Through play our children develop self-awareness, confidence, and a sense of achievement. Through songs they develop rhythm and intention to carry out physically challenging tasks, such as changing position and place. Our children are also encouraged to further develop their communication skills by speaking, eye-pointing, or through the use of touch.

Our team of dedicated professional practitioners will not only offer support and guidance to the child and family throughout the programme, but will go further by promoting collaboration between all professionals working alongside the child and family, to secure a continuity of care, in-order that the child reaches their full potential.

The photograph, shows me with members of staff, Councillor Mrs Jane Etheridge and Rod Black.

I look forward to returning in the future.

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