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Monday 27 June 2011

More on Spina Bifida

"On the Metro in Newcastle" by Susie Mallett
June 2011

In my email in-box last week spina bifida was mentioned again in relationship to conductive work.

There are already a few posting on my blog relating to spina bifida where I have described my own experiences and also referred to any related literature that I know of.

Today I have another book in my hand. one of its chapters is about Conductive Education and spina bifida. It could be of help to anyone starting out on this conductive path.

This book is: The Task Series in Conductive Education by Éva Beck, translated by Rátz katalin and published in English by MPANNI in 2010.

ISBN 978-963-87821-1-3

There is also an Hungarian version that was published in 2008.

It is available to purchase from the Petö Institute’s Mária Hári Library.


Susie Mallett, spina bifida -

Petö Institute’s Mária Hári library

Sunday 26 June 2011

More about the camp where the sun always shines

One of my "friends" on the ride to work last week
by Susie Mallett, 22nd June 2011
(click twice on the picture if you cannot spot him)

This “Bátor Tábor” is a member of the family of international camps of the Hole in the Wall Camps Association, an association that was founded by actor Paul Newman in 1988. The website tells us that he saw the camps as “places where children could escape from the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back and raise a little hell!”

The children tell us it has something to do with healthy souls and the essence of humanity too.

Association of Hole in the Wall Camps -

Camp in Hungary

Camps in the United Kingdom

The 5th birdie bulletin

"A beady eye" by Susie Mallett
26th June 2011

Life in a nest is, for us observers, not very exciting. Although saying that when I go out for a chat I do enjoy watching how whoever it is doing the sitting jiggles about and rearranges feathers, but more importantly keeps a beady eye on me. It is a very relaxing place to be and as the day wore on the air got warmer and the rain clouds cleared so I took a few cups of tea out there and did a bit of observing.

I have tried without success to take a more interesting photograph of the lodgers. Short of getting the step ladder out on the balcony and risking disturbing Mr. and Mrs. Collared Dove even more than I already do, I do not know how to illustrate these bulletins with anything more than a beady eye and a few twigs.

Maybe the weather will get even more summery now that mid-summer day has been and gone, then I can sit out there beneath the swaying branches with a pencil and paints in my hands to create my own picture of my neighbours.

As I have no idea how long the birds have been sitting, although I suspect they moved in when I was in Newcastle at the beginning of the month, I do not know how much longer this inaction will last.

There can only be a few days to go before the patter of tiny feet can be heard, or perhaps just the tweeting from tiny bills. Then it will be a constant coming and going hopefully with more to report on. For now all I have to say is that I spent just some very relaxing moments today watched over by a beady eye!

Summer camps as they should be!

New Zealand 2005, by Susie Mallett

Thank you to Urban Judit for pointing me to the lovely video on this site, see the link below. A place where the children begin to feel alive again after long spells of illness.

There are English sub-titles, but as you read listen too to the voices of these Hungarian children as you can feel how much this “summer camp” means to them without understanding the language they speak.

They describe it as:

“Therapy for the soul.”

“Its truly amazing. It is rehabilitation into life, into genuine health.”

“This is the very essence of humanity, it is human to help each other.”

“It is great for your soul. It is uplifting.”