What's it all about?
Here at Stick 'n' Step we believe in doing one thing and doing it well. And our one thing is supporting children and young people with cerebral palsy and their families.
We offer free weekly conductive education group sessions to children and young people from across the North West. Delivered from our specialised centres in Wallasey and Runcorn, the sessions are designed to help each child to reach their personal potential in terms of their confidence, mobility and independence.
Every child works towards their own set of personalised goals which are all designed to translate into movements, techniques and strategies that will help in real life.
From moving around independently, to improving self-feeding; and learning to use the toilet on their own to tying shoelaces - everything we do is designed to reduce each child's dependency on other people, and to give them the best chances of living a full and independent life.
If you'd like to enquire about attending Stick 'n' Step, just click the button to the right.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects muscle control and movement. It's usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth.
Children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy may have difficulties in controlling muscles and movements as they grow and develop. No two people will be affected by their cerebral palsy in the same way, and it's important to ensure treatments and therapies are tailored to each child’s individual needs.
In the UK, cerebral palsy affects about one in every 400 children. Cerebral palsy can affect people from all social backgrounds and ethnic groups.
What is conductive education?
CE is based on a ‘simple’ concept of human potential; meaning that everyone has the capability to learn and develop irrespective of their starting point. Whilst most of us agree with this statement in practice many systems place barriers and boundaries on this learning. People with disabilities frequently spend much of their time being assessed for what they ‘cannot do’ rather than what potential they have. Conductors are highly trained to observe this potential in a person; to nurture their development and devise structured programmes to enable success. CE combines education, psychology and medical science and considers all aspects of the person simultaneously.
Conductive Education at Stick 'n' Step.
Conductive education is about active learning. Stick ‘n’ Step sessions incorporate play, mobility tasks and songs to develop functional skills. Children and young people are motivated by working alongside their peers in a positive environment and are empowered to achieve realistic goals that are specific and relevant to them. (Source: Stick 'n' Step)