Introducing Our NEW location & Physical Therapists

For several years the Center has been exploring options to expand our program to the South-South West region of the Chicagoland area. With tremendous support from the Roger & Ruth MacFarlane Foundation, the Jon Goers Fund, and our generous donors - we are so pleased to finally announce the opening of our 4th location in the Homewood-Flossmoor community!

Please join the Center in welcoming Dr. Ann Jackson, DPT and Dr. Amber Brim, DPT to our program! These incredibly talented physical therapists have over 40 years of combined experience serving children and adults with physical disabilities. The Center will be offering a range of Conductive Education programs serving babies with physical disabilities through adults recovering from stroke - our focus will be on families and children who face access barriers to quality health services.

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.