Sunday, 29 January 2012
Private conversations made public
Me in my earache hat, my cousin in his fishing hat and Big Sis wearing just a smile,
after a day catching shrimps, eels and whiting,
I have not been blogging very much recently, the time and energy have been missing.
I had a tooth pulled out on Friday and the painkillers made me so sleepy that I have been wrapped up in a cosy flat all weekend. With the pain gone and a state of wakefulness returning I have been looking at my notes.
Sometimes I just write down snippets of conversation that I have with myself and if I do not post them fast enough they get buried.
This snippet has been buried for weeks. I no longer know what it was that I was reading online to cause me to write this in my note-book, no doubt it was one of many Google Alerts that land in my inbox.
The conversation went like this:
I just read something online, it said something like this:
“Conductive Education helps children with cerebral palsy as it teaches them how to use their bodies.”
You know what I would say: Conductive Education does not teach children how to use their bodies, sometimes these children will never learn to use their bodies. Conductive pedagogy can be applied to teach children and adults how to prevent themselves from becoming disabled through a motor disorder and lack of knowledge about their bodies, and can teach them how to use the abilities that they have to experience the world.
A conductive education assists them to experience the world and therefore develop socially and psychologically despite the difficulties in moving their bodies. I would say that learning to use their bodies is a side effect of teaching them how to experience the world and develop their whole personality.
Or as AP might have said, they are 'healed'... and as Mária Hári would have said they are integrated ( body and soul, not inclusion).
And if the conductive upbringing begins early enough it could be that there is actually nothing to heal!
Disability in the sense that I am talking about here can be prevented. A soul can be healthy so life can be lived.