3 Day PODD Introductory Courses

Where: Marianjoy Rehabilitation Conference Center: 28W171 Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, IL
When: July 19th – July 21st, 2017 at 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Check-in: 8 am, each day

Children who have complex communication needs or have only limited speech, in addition to other challenges, often struggle to interact and communicate. This may include children who have physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory processing challenges, limited social interaction skills and/or a range of cognitive limitations and learning difficulties. Come learn strategies for creating multi-modal language learning environments that provide receptive models and expressive opportunities for language development. Learn strategies for teaching and using PODD with children and their communication partners. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on practice with PODD communication books.

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*Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged - Register by Friday, June 30

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$395 for 3 Day PODD Introductory Course with Alternative Visual/Auditory Access

$295 for 2 Day PODD Introductory Course

$150 for Day 3 Alternative Visual/Auditory


Our Mission

CFI physical therapists working with a child

The mission of our Center is to help children with physical disabilities, maximize their independence. We do this by developing their motor functions in a manner that creates positive self-esteem and self-direction and an “I can!” attitude

We are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged, under-served children with physical disabilities with the ultimate intention of securing a better life that includes employment and independent living skills.

The Center for Independence through Conductive Education is a 501 (c) 3 registered not for profit organization.

All donations to The Center for Independence are tax deductible and will be used to support our intensive motor training programs for children with physical disabilities.


CE Adult Stroke Program

Conductive education participating stroke survivors


Governors State University Physical Therapy faculty, Dr. Roberta O’Shea and Dr. Renee Theiss, recently concluded a study that investigated the impact of 10 weeks of Conductive Education for adults with chronic stroke symptoms — we are proud to report that the results were very positive!
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All subjects attending the Center’s 10 week CE Adult Stroke program showed improved neural connectivity (stronger connections developed between regions of the brain) and improved hand function! The study used imaging (DTI/MRI) as well as traditional PT assessment tools to measure changes. This is the first time that it has been shown how Conductive Education impacts the brain’s functioning. The study also concurs with the functional improvement findings of Dr. Melanie Brown, (U.K.) who studied the impact of CE for individuals with chronic stroke symptoms.