In line with the national lockdown, we closed our Stick ‘n’ Step centres in mid-March. Like everyone else in the country we didn’t know how long this would last or how we would come out of such an unknown situation. But we did know that we needed to continue to support our children and young people and their families through this tough time.

The team switched to home working, with each key worker contacting their families individually to discuss how we could continue supporting the children at home.  After each conversation, a written home-working programme was produced, personalised to each child’s specific needs/parental preferences, and sent out. Using photographs and diagrams, we illustrated how parents could use some of the conductive education (CE) techniques and activities normally undertaken in the classroom, at home.

Our conductors sent out motivational resource packs, with activities and tasks to engage the children and kept in close contact with parents. After a few weeks we started delivering sessions via Zoom.  Our conductors used the same techniques and tasks the children usually do in the classroom in their sessions, only this time their parents had to support them where they needed assistance.

Initially it was hard for the children to adapt to online sessions, but with encouragement from their conductors they slowly got used to the new way of undertaking their CE activities at home.  We have had some really positive feedback from the families who have told us how much our support has helped them during this difficult period, three-year-old Sofia’s grandmother emailed us to say

What you are doing is not only helping our Sofia and all the other children who have been lucky enough to find and become part of Stick n Step. You are also helping their families feel they can do something positive to aid their child’s development in these awful times. That means so much to them.

The children have obviously missed the physical contact and social interaction with the conductors, classroom assistants and other children with whom they’ve built up close relationships over many years, but this continued remote support has been a lifeline to families whilst we haven’t been able to hold face-to-face sessions.


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