'Ask me not what I can do for children with cerebral palsy, but ask me what they can learn to do for themselves'

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andras peto & roots of con ed

Conductive Education (CE) originated in Hungary in the late 1940s by a Hungarian Professor Andras Peto.

Having studying medicine at the University in Vienna and working in various hospitals in Austria, Andras Peto became an experienced neurologist. He was a pioneer in working with children with cerebral palsy by using a holistic approach to overcome any difficulties connected to their neurological motor disorders.

Through his professional and personal achievements, Peto have been actively trying to prove that despite the damage, the nervous system still possesses the capacity to form new neural connections and this ability can be mobilised with the help of a properly guided teaching and learning process. That is the reason why Professor Peto called his method Conductive Education (Latin origin).

In the beginning of 1950, Peto founded his first Conductive Education centre which has been a foundation of the current Andras Peto Institute of Conductive Education and College for Conductor Training in Budapest, Hungary. Nowadays, the Peto Institute apart from providing conductive care to individuals with motor disorders; it also prepares future professionals for implementing and practicing Conductive Education.

Peto's mission and legacy have been carried through the years and the geographical borders; although the aim remained the same - to show individuals suffering from injuries to the central nervous system and their families the way to a full life and to make society aware of the opportunities to help.

Conductive Education was first introduced into UK circa 1969, however has dramatically developed and progressed in the last 15 years, resulting in a growing number of the Conductive Education centres and charities across the country.

To contact Conductive Education centers in the UK, please visit our Conductive Education centers page.