Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Conductive Education for people with Parkinson’s

 “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

 If you would like to join a class or set up a group in your local area please e-mail Judit at judit.szathmary3@gmail.com or complete the following contact form:
For further information please follow this linkhttp://juditszathmary.wordpress.com/.../conductive.../
"I draw people into my life who are just like I am dependable and loyal, with a positive mental attitude and always willing to go the extra mile. "

Saturday, 11 January 2014


Conductive Education is a holistic way of teaching, which means that we incorporate the individual’s whole learning and personality development during the sessions. Our programmes teach self-care, communication, mobility (transferring, walking, jumping, climbing etc.) dexterity and co-ordination through active participation

Remember there is always a way if you are committed.
For further information and to enrol please e-mail me at judit.szathmary3@gmail.com
This course has been very popular and places are now limited.


Monday, 18 November 2013

One of our pupils from the Conductive Education Support Centre in Brockenhurst, Hampshire UK, graduated from University today!!♥

One of our pupils from the Conductive Education Support Centre in Brockenhurst, Hampshire UK, graduated from University today!! You can see Sam when he was a little boy on the second photo on the right, helping another little boy. What an outstanding achievement is his graduation for him and his proud family. Sam is also a talented singer.  What a wonderful day.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Challenge Me!™ Speech and Communication Cards

by Amanda Elliott, one of the first graduates of the National Institute of Conductive Education UK.
Parent review on Amazon and now translated to German too.

"fantastic and easy to use"
"I bought these cards for my 6 year old son. He has mild Asperger’s syndrome and speech difficulties (stammer and delayed).
He has been having speech therapy since he was four but we find that he has a 6 week set then there is a huge gap in between ( normally 6 months). We started using these cards whilst waiting for his next round of speech therapy and he absolutely loves them. I have four boys and they all wanted to have a go which is good and doesn't make him feel like he is doing any work. They are really easy to follow, I let him shuffle them and pick a few selected ones out. One thing that would be good though is an explanation of what the exercise is for on the back of the card as well as the booklet.
Highly recommended and fun. "

Speech and language skills are a vital part of being able to communicate with others and express one's own needs.

Challenge Me!™ Speech and Communication Cards feature fun and dynamic challenges for children aged 3-12 with any form of speech difficulty, whether this is a severe problem which is related to a motor disability or a general delay in speech.

An ideal tool for parents and professionals working to improve a child's speaking skills, the cards provide a variety of fun activities designed to improve breathing techniques and use of speech apparatus such as the mouth, tongue and nose; control extra salivation; moderate volume, tempo, rhythm and intonation of speech; and improve sound production and clarity of words and sentences. The enclosed booklet provides instructions and advice for using the cards effectively.

These user-friendly activities will make speech training enjoyable for both children and their facilitators and are great for use in the classroom, at home, on a one-to-one basis or with a group of children.


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

…”He did not acknowledge the word ‘incurable’.

It was impossible to utter it in his presence. When he was sitting with his disabled children, who learnt  slowly to eat and drink, walk and write in one of the rooms at the institute – he sang with them, he carried out their tasks with them- he was not to be disturbed. He would not answer the telephone for anyone.

… He would not have written this down. He did not like words. He liked deeds. He liked the work. The children. The tidiness. The essence.  The completeness. But no improvisations! No gimmicks!”

Pető Studies, András Pető compiled by Gillian Maguire and Andrew Sutton, Conductive Education Press, Birmingham England 2012. Obituaries page174-175. ISBN 9780956994844

Photo: One of the ways we were learning to count at the Conductive Education Support Centre in Brockenhurst New Forest UK in 2003.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Long term pupil of Conductive Education strives in martial art too!

Patrick's double gold even shocks his coach.
Patrick started his journey with the Pető Method when he was a toddler.
He made his first independent steps on his 7th birthday.
A few years ago his parents were told that he would need to have a major surgery, but they chose the less invasive option and more regular conductive education sessions.
At their recent visit to the consultant they were told that Patrick doesn't need to have an operation anymore and the structural misalignment is reduced to 0.02%!
Patrick also self-taught himself to play on the guitar and writes his own music.
Well done Patrick we are so very proud of you!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Please find new, correct e-mail address on Conductive Education Richmond's flyer.


The Richmond Conductive Education project was set up with the help of dedicated parents and supportive individuals to provide vital education and rehabilitation services for children and adults and their families in the London Borough of Richmond.

For further information please e-mail Judit Szathmáry at judit.szathmary3@gmail.com
Mobile: 07967 194433      

The Richmond Conductive Education project is sponsored by:
Telephone: 020 8560 0000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            020 8560 0000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Honorine Lève Toi, Conductive Education Centre in Normandy

Please watch video at:

Sweet, sweet beautiful girl...finding Dr. Pető's Conductive Education and now there is a new centre too.♥ Congratulations to you all at Association Honorine Lève Toi!

Reference:  Information and photo are the  properties of  Eric Pioger

Thursday, 4 October 2012

András Pető

 Compiled and edited by Gillian Maguire and Andrew Sutton

“Nothing can tear us apart
We had met at the beginning of time
We have met in every possible shape and form
We always recognised each other at first sight” András Pető

“András Pető had an indomitable will to heal and this end would be achieved by no matter how hard everyone involved should have to work to achieve this.
The moral force of this will was transmitted down through his institute and everyone working there- those who taught and those who learned. It permeated every aspect of life there, the ethos, the atmosphere in which children were brought up (and of course for his numerous adult patients too). The pedagogic task was to transform this will from teachers to learners and along with this to transfer the teachers’ respect for the pupils’ sure ability to find their own path to success. And with the motivation and rewards from hard- won independent success, András Pető’s will became the will of everyone there.
Such pedagogy demands total focus of every possible factor relevant to learning and development, bringing everything together to be coordinated in pupils’ own particular, personally integrated ways. This was certainly a pedagogy rather than a therapy or a treatment, but what to call it? 60 years ago, for a Central European medical man with a classical education this was a pedagogy that is 'conductive'.
And the pedagogues who implemented this were to become 'conductors'. ”

References: Pető Studies, Conductive Education Press Birmingham, England 2012 Poems -In his own words- page 155.
Pető Studies, Conductive Education Press Birmingham, England 2012- page 229/230.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Experience the benefit of Conductive Education for individuals with Parkinson's this autumn in the beautiful New Forest UK.

Give value to your health and well-being by taking it to an all new level through our Conductive Education programmes specifically designed for Parkinson’s, whilst also experiencing the enjoyment of staying in the beautiful New Forest with the possibility of residing in a luxury country house bed and breakfast.

4 Day Conductive Education Group Course Fee: £240
Small groups up to 4 participants maximum

4 Day Conductive Education Individual Sessions Fee: £360

4 Day Biotherapy Treatment available (optional)
Fee: Donation

For Bed & Breakfast pricing and availability please contact me at judit.szathmary@virgin.net 

Alternatively rooms can be booked at the gorgeous Daisybank Boutique Bed and Breakfast http://www.bedandbreakfast-newforest.co.uk/

Course Dates: 8th-11th October  2012. 

Closing date for applications: 3rd October 2012

5th-8th November 2012

Closing date for applications: 28th October 2012

References: Main photo of a stag being captured at Rhinefield by  Cheryl  the owner of Daisy Bank Boutique Bed and Breakfast . Small picture is a collection of mine. 

Friday, 27 July 2012

“This is an excellent regime. A system needs to be worked out so that a weekly class is available.” Quotes from Conductive Education Project MS Society North West Region

"It is government policy to provide
patient centred services that will
enable people with long-term
neurological conditions to maintain
their independence and well being
and lead as fulfilling lives as possible.

The MS Society fully endorses this
approach and a key aim for us is
to involve people affected by MS
in everything we do. One way we
achieve this is by encouraging people
affected by MS to get involved in the
planning and development of their
local services. Often the result is to
bring about real improvements and
lasting change.

This booklet is one of a series
showing how much can be achieved
when enthusiastic people come
together to work on a local project.

We hope you will enjoy finding out
about the project and watching
the DVD (inside back cover). If this
inspires you to support this project
or find out more about our work,
please do get in touch. Our contact
details are on the back cover.

Conductive Education Project

This conductive education (CE) pilot project
was a collaboration between the MS Society and
Neurosupport who run the Neurosupport Centre
in Liverpool, in response to the MS Society’s 2006
North West service needs analysis. In this, people
with MS made it clear they needed better access to
maintenance physiotherapy and structured exercise
in order to aid mobility and maintain flexibility.

At that time Maureen Kelly, Manager of
Neurosupport, had observed some sessions
of CE (a whole-person therapy generally associated
with children with cerebral palsy) and had been
made aware of the possibility of benefits for adults
with long-term neurological conditions. CE is a
movement and exercise regime that addresses
mobility, flexibility, control and confidence. Maureen
approached the MS Society and the need and
therapy were brought together in the pilot.

The project was promoted by the MS Society
and Neurosupport and people interested in
getting involved attended an information event
to hear more about the therapy and to sign up
to the project. Following an initial assessment by
Laszlo Szogeczki, the conductor (as the therapist
is known), the six participants received 12 sessions
of CE over 6 weeks.

The project was developed and facilitated by
two MS Society regional service development
volunteers and the MS Society’s North West service
development officer. It took place at Neurosupport.

Four months after the end of the sessions the
participants took part in an informal evaluation to
record their thoughts on all aspects of the project
– from its organisation to the benefits of the therapy
itself. Based on those very positive evaluations, we
are now hoping to provide more sessions of CE to
a greater number of people and hopefully gain the
support of mainstream health and social services."

The project was led by László Szögeczki conductor.


The PDF link which I stored with this document doesn't work anymore. 

If you would like a copy of the report in PDF format please e-mail me at judit.szathmary@virgin.net.

If anyone finds the link to this document on the  Multiple Sclerosis Society's site please let me know.

The photo and all text © Multiple Sclerosis Society 2007 
Printed April 2008

Friday, 13 July 2012

I couldn't have done this without attending Conductive Education Classes ♥

Copy of e-mail received this morning:

“This is me having just got married on 15 June 2012.

I walked up down aisle via stairs then spent rest day in dress and even did first dance.

I couldn't have done this without attending Conductive Education Classes run by Szathmáry Training & Consultancy for the Romsey Branch of Parkinson’s UK.

The improvement to my confidence and mobility is amazing.

Many thanks to the Romsey Group, Judit and Mandy.”


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Conductive Education Holiday Course in France 9th –16th September

Last minute booking! 
There are a few places remaining!
Booking closes at 4.PM on Thursday, 12th July 2012.

Our guests will enjoy reenergising Conductive Education classes and the beauty of the French Riviera without fighting the crowds, while still benefiting from the warm climate.

We believe it is the perfect time of year to visit Provence and truly enjoy all the benefits of a Conductive Education holiday retreat.


£1550 per person (self catering)

If you would like to include all meals the cost is £ 1,700 per person for a seven-night retreat, includes all meals, 5 days daily conductive education classes, 4 day bio-therapy course and transfers

Please note that all meals are made using fresh, local ingredients with plenty of juicing and include a variety of  delicious raw dishes. No red meat and processed food will be available.


Return transfers from Nice Airport

Seven night pure luxury accommodation

Five day conductive education morning group sessions

Four day biotherapy treatment (optional)

Full use of the facilities of the private villa

Individualized conductive education service and 24-hour access to the course organiser/senior conductor on location for all your needs.


9th September – Arrival to Nice Airport (transfer to  the villa in St-Paul-de-Vence)

10th September – Conductive Education Session in the garden starts at 08.30AM

11th September - Conductive Education Session in the garden starts at 08.30AM, 4.00PM Bio

12th September – Conductive Education Session in the garden starts at 08.30AM 4.00PM Bio

13th September – Conductive Education Session in the garden starts at 08.30AM 4.00PM Bio

14th September – Conductive Education Session in the garden starts at 08.30AM 4.00PM Bio

15th September - Rest

16th September- Departure (transfer to Nice Airport)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Conductive Education Summer Course in the London Borough of Richmond


Course Dates:
23rd August -1st September 2012

With the summer theme we will be focusing on independence, communication, mobility ( transferring, walking, jumping, hopping, climbing stairs etc.) dexterity, co-ordination and self-care. 

For children 3 to 18 years of age. 
For further information please e-mail me at 


Drawings are the property of Amanda Elliott author of  the Challenge Me! TM Mobility Activity Cards and  Speech and Communication Cards.
These sets of cards are useful resources for Conductive Education Education projects and holiday programmes.


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Conductive Education Summer Course in Lymington New Forest Hampshire UK.

Course Dates:
13th -17th August 2012 (one place remaining)
22nd -26th August 2012
27th -31st August 2012

The work will begin in small classes up to 4 children maximum.
With the summer theme we will be focusing on independence, communication, mobility (transferring, walking, jumping, hopping, climbing stairs etc.) dexterity, co-ordination and self-care.

For children 3 to 18 years of age.

For further information please e-mail me at

If you and your child are participating in a Conductive Education Summer Course you might like to read the following link.