Steps Conductive Education Centre
Steps offers a unique service using the principles of Conductive Education for children with conditions that cause motor impairments or motor development delays such as Cerebral Palsy, possible chromosome disorders including Down’s Syndrome or other conditions which affect the acquisition of motor skills.
Our goal is to develop the skills the children need to progress and achieve their potential. At the same time, we provide parents with the knowledge, confidence, and strength they need to understand how they can help their child.
Steps was founded in 1994 by a group of parents who recognised the benefits gained of Conductive Education. They wanted to make it available to other families locally and set up the Steps Centre for Conductive Education in Leicestershire. Starting as a tiny group of five local families, Steps now provides professional sessions to more than 5o families every year from across the whole of the East Midlands. Their feedback testifies to the difference which Steps has made to their children’s lives and to the well-being and happiness of the whole family.
Conductive Education was developed in Hungary by Dr Peto. It is based on the simple concept of human potential — meaning that everyone has the capability to learn and develop regardless of their starting point. The focus is on what potential the children have and how their development can be enhanced through optimistic, informed pedagogy. Conductive Education combines education, psychology and medical science and considers all aspects of development.
Steps sessions are based on the principles of Conductive Education and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This structured Early Intervention is carefully planned for small groups of children and their parents. Our professional team leads the parent and child groups through a structured programme designed to help each child achieve individualised developmental steps. Within each group session, children work through a series of stimulating and challenging tasks addressing every aspect of a young child’s development; physical, social, cognitive, communicative and emotional. Achievable individual goals are set and updated regularly for each child.
The children and their parents are encouraged and motivated to achieve tasks. Parents work with their children guided by the professional staff team ensuring that the skills learnt at Steps can be transferred to their everyday home life. Rhythm and language are also integral part of each session.