Steve McCabe MP gets a lesson in Conductive Education

Steve McCabe MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Families received a lesson in Conductive Education when he visited Birmingham based charity the National Institute of Conductive Education.

The institute offers educational and rehabilitation support for children and adults with neurological motor disorders, and specialises in working with conditions such as cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and strokes. As well as on site services, the centre now offers workshops, training and outreach projects to a variety of other professionals and clients.

Steve discussed the range of work with the CEO Dr Melanie Brown who trained at the world renowned Petö Institute in Budapest. He also met with a number of the staff and sat in on a rehabilitation session for adult stroke survivors. The centre hosts a number of students on training placements and offers a BA Honours Degree in conjunction with Birmingham City University. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the visit was Steve's meeting with 7 year old Jasmine who gave him a lesson in Makaton, a signs and symbols language code designed to support speech.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“The work being done at the National Institute of Conductive Education plays a vital role in supporting individuals and families right across the West Midlands and beyond. It's fantastic the way the service raises the quality of life through boosting people's skills, confidence and independence.  

“This visit has reinforced my belief in the importance of early intervention and that we should never give up on what people can achieve through retraining. The centre is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when the statutory and independent sector work together and complement each other.”

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