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The National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE)

Seeing the benefits of Conductive Education Accreditation
 
 
Melanie Brown Chief Executive and Director of Services at NICE, Centre for Movement Disorders, talks about the pioneering work in Conductive Education being achieved through a long term partnership with Open College Network West Midlands that is transforming the lives of both children and adults.
 
“We started working with Open College Network West Midlands in 1998 and since that time have developed a range of accredited courses to meet the needs of people working with children and adults with motor disorders.  An integral part of this process has been our relationship with Open College Network West Midlands Business Development Officer, who has not only supported our work but understood the unique nature of our approach.”
 
 
Nursery group at NICE                                Parkinson’s group at NICE
 
NICE is a unique charity which believes that every person with a movement disorder has both the potential and the right to specialised services which recognise their needs, desires and wishes.
 
We teach children and adults with movement disorders strategies to gain greater control over their movements leading to increased confidence, skills and a higher level of potential. To achieve this we use a systematic programme of conscious movement strategies called Conductive Education. Alongside direct services we also offer accredited and non-accredited training programmes for families, students and professionals.
 
“Having the opportunity to qualify as a Conductor assistant has helped me to understand the potential of the children I work with more than I ever thought possible. The recognition of this important role within the team has helped my school develop.”
 
 
A Parent and child group at NICE
 
We started working with Open College Network West Midlands in 1998 and since that time have developed a range of courses to meet the needs of people working with children and adults with motor disorders. An integral part of this process has been our relationship with the Business Development Manager – Vishva Murtha, who has not only supported our work but understood the unique nature of our approach.
 
Our most recent courses focus on helping learners to observe potential and act upon this in a practical and supportive manner. This helps promote learning of active life skills to further the quality of life of people with movement disorders.
 
The Level 3 qualification in Conductive Education is a nationally recognised qualification through Open College Network West Midlands and is for assistants working within a Conductive Education environment.
 
Conductive Education can offer a range of learners an opportunity to specialise in understanding conditions, for example Parkinson’s and Stroke and with the support of Open College Network West Midlands we have recently launched our first specialist carers’ courses, which support a vision that every person with a movement disorder deserves a carer who understands their needs and recognises their potential.
 
For more information about NICE please visit their website; www.conductive-education.org.uk
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