Research & Helpful Resources

Research Study on Conductive Education

With a grant from the Coleman Foundation, the Center for Independence and Governors State University are conducting a 2 year Research project on the impact of CE on a child's performance of functional skills.

Quantitative research in Conductive Education in the US is woefully lacking. Two years ago we undertook a research project that would attempt to objectively measure change in the performance of functional skills for children attending a Trans-disciplinary Conductive Education (TCE) program near Chicago. In collaborating with the research scientists and the therapists and conductors it was determined to measure change in 3 functional activities: hand to mouth, sit to stand, and ambulating. Children were identified to be part of the research study by recommendation of their treatment team (conductors and therapists). Each child’s parent gave consent for their child to participate. The research study protocol called for monthly data collection session to be closely timed with the alternating month on/month off attendance schedule for the school age children.
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Case Study on CE participant over an 18 month demonstrates clinically significant functional improvements. See attached for details

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Children with disabilities age 3 through 18 are being denied or given limited access to insurance coverage for essential therapeutic services. Please download info about how to join with us in forming a coalition.

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Other Resources

  • A highly detailed 2015 research study on the Impact of a Conductive Education intervention on supraspinal structures in adults with chronic stroke. Authored by Renée D. Theiss, PhD, Todd B. Parrish, PhD, Haleh Karbasforoushan, Roberta K. O’Shea, PT, PhD, Dept of Physical Therapy, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Governors State University, University Park, IL; Dept of Radiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Building Bridges to the Future: A workbook to assist families and professionals in transitioning children with developmental disabilities. An innovative road map developed by Intersect for Ability and generously funded by the Coleman Foundation.
  • Connecting CP Families on Facebook® started by Meade Whitaker where parents, with children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, can ask questions and receive advice from other parents that are in a similar situation.
  • 2011 spring CP Research Registry newsletter featuring CFI as organization making a difference.