"Conductive Education" is not an alternative therapy; it is an alternative education.
"Conductive Education" is a philosophy of education. It is an integrated system and practice of education. It is not about what goes on in hospitals and health centres; it is about what goes on in schools. It is not about what physical therapists do; it is about what teachers do. It is not about the training of physical therapists; it is about the training of teachers. It is not about research into therapeutic interventions; it is about research into learning and teaching.
Now, we can discuss my use of the word "alternative"; we can debate whether "conductive pedagogy" or "conductive upbringing" are better translations into English than "conductive education".
But what should be evident as we read or hear or speak or write the phrase in English "conductive education" is that we are reading or hearing or speaking or writing about education.
Education. Education. Education. Not physical therapy. Not "conductive physical therapy". Not "conductive therapy". Not "therapy".
How then, does a philosophy and system of education find itself amongst the following list of physical therapy interventions (tagged by its authors 'Pediatrics' 'Pediatric interventions'?
- adapted seating for children with cerebral palsy
- constraint-induced movement therapy
- lower extremity casting, orthoses and splints for children with neurological disorders
- neurodevelopmental treatment
- partial body weight supported treadmill training
- passive stretching to improve range of motion
- strengthening for children with cerebral palsy
- weight-bearing interventions for children with cerebral palsy
This list is tagged by its authors with the keywords "Pediatrics" and "Pediatric interventions"; it appears in an article "Review of selected physical therapy interventions for school age children with disabilities"; the article appears in a journal entitled "Physical Therapy Reviews".
When I was 60, I decided to learn to play the violin. I was initially surprised to discover what an intensely physical activity playing a violin is. I was also more pleasantly surprised to discover that learning to play the violin is remarkably therapeutic.
But I was not intent on music therapy. I was intent on learning to play the violin.