John is relearning how to walk. He takes a step forward, saying, “I put my weight on my left foot, I step with my right foot. One, two, three, four, five.” John has experienced mobility problems since his stroke five years ago. For the last two years, he has been attending the National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) in Birmingham, United Kingdom, for conductive education sessions. “His walking has been getting better and better since he started here,” John's dad says. “Conductive education has made a big difference to both our lives.” Yet there has been little research into the effectiveness of conductive education, and there is a lack of awareness of conductive education among health professionals.
Melanie Brown, director of conductive rehabilitation services at NICE explains, “Conductive education is an educational approach to habilitation and rehabilitation for adults and children with motor disorders.” Motor disorders arise in people when