How to apply
People are welcome to self refer to our services. In order to begin the process of applying each person must firstly complete an application form:
These can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: The National Institute of Conductive Education, Cannon Hill House, Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8RD.
Once this is received a date for a FREE ‘Initial Consultation’ will be arranged.
Please contact Nicola Sandford on 0121 442 5564 or by email email@example.com if you require any further help regarding the application process.
This is the first step for any participant who wishes to know whether CE will be of benefit to them. The session is run on an individual basis where the person is able to bring a family member or friend with them. It provides an opportunity to meet with conductors, discuss specific difficulties which may be faced and find out more about how CE may help.
Much of the written information on CE is general and this one hour session provides the opportunity for the participant to personalise this information. CE is based on building upon abilities and seeking to develop potential. The conductors will use their time to explore individual potential, taking into consideration the problems faced by the participant, and looking for ways of moving towards gaining an increased control over movements and quality of life.
The initial consultation is carried out with two experienced conductors. During the sessions conductors will ask the participant to carry out some practical movements. These are aimed at providing baseline information enabling the conductor to set specific individual aims with the person. There are no tests or examinations of movements but each participant will be guided and assisted to perform a range of basic movements.
Family members and/or friends are welcome to attend if the individual wishes.
Following the initial consultation each participant will receive a written report setting out the observations, how CE can help, and any recommendations for a suitable programme. It is only on receipt of this that the person needs to decide if they wish to take up the recommended placement.
Participants who have attended in the past have commonly reported that it is a very relaxed atmosphere which provides them with the opportunity to talk about their own goals and gain a clear understanding of the work.
Aims and focus of the services
Due to the individual nature of each diagnosis and the varying needs and abilities of each participant there are a wide range of aims for each service. Alongside these general aims specific individual goals will also be set at consultation.
We ask each participant to set up to three goals which they feel are important for them. Conductors will then look at these goals and use this information to help ensure that the session meets the needs of everyone in the group and allows you to work towards the goals which are important for you. Alongside these individual goals conductors will have a framework of aims which they will use to plan the group session.