Employees of the Medical Center “Innovo” became acquainted with the methodology of conductive education – the Peto method, during the sessions, which Hungarian specialists – conductors held with the patients. The trainings, which combine education and therapy, were being carried out in Beregovo, Transcarpathia, for a period of three weeks. For a better understanding of the peculiarity of this technique, our physical therapists and doctors were avidly observing the conductors working with children and adults with various neurological lesions for a number of days.
Trainings were held in three different age groups. The first group consisted of children aged 6 months to 3 years old, where, in addition to conductors, mothers participated in the process. The second group was made of adolescents and adults, and the third – of children of primary – school age.
Oksana Mamai, physical therapist at the “Innovo” Medical Center:
– During these trainings, what mattered most for me, was that there the children could learn to control themselves, their body and how to do it correctly, learn the peculiarities of independent living with their disabilities. Also important was the fact that in the classroom there was constant human contact with each child. According to the Peto method, trainings are conducted in a group form, and this also has a certain influence on the result. During group trainings children look at each other, note own and each other’s mistakes, try to perfect the tasks’ fulfillment, there is a competitive effect.
Julia Pavlenko, physical therapist at Medical Center “Innovo”:
– The most interesting thing I heard during training, is that the method for conductive education is a complex system of the child’s motor and intellectual abilities’ stimulation. The goal is to reduce the manifestation of musculoskeletal disorders, to teach the children on self-sufficiency, to improve their own-body perception.
During group work, children can learn by comparison, get encouragement, experience the joy of their achievements. The less active child is positioned near one more active, in order that they follow their peer’s example by observing the correct actions. Therefore, they’re actively exercising individually, there are no wallflowers.
Adriana Romaniv, pediatrician at Medical Center “Innovo”:
– I can distinguish three main points that caught my attention while I was watching the Peto method trainings being conducted:
1. So-called “ lessons” in the youngest age group are conducted in the form of “Child-Mother-Conductor” interaction. Thus, under the constant guidance of the conductor, parents have the opportunity to get the most effective knowledge and experience on the implementation of physical and motivational exercises.
2. During class, conductors use verbal rhythm, commenting on most of the exercises and setting the tempo that would most benefit the activity level and quality of exercise.
3. For the youngest kids, specialists in conductive education sing children’s songs in their own native language (Hungarian), in order to increase the quality of task fulfillment. The songs also have a stimulating, engaging or calming effect.
Reference: Method for conductive education was introduced by Hungarian physician and Professor Andras Peto. The Peto Institute of conductive education operates in the capital of Hungary, Budapest.