We mapped out areas where we could see routes to Awareness of the Conductive Education Service
We mapped out common symptoms of the conditions that afflict current participants and future ones, to gain a better understanding of what and who we were designing for.
My area of research was on stroke. It was frightening to see how many people get afflicted with this, even those who are seemingly healthy like my friend’s mum
The expected outcomes for Marketing was also taken into consideration
In the week we also had a second C.E session where we oserved people who were relatively new to the C.E program, and we also had an indepth interview with Agnes Mikula, C.E Conductor
Are participants encouraged to keep journals to monitor their progress?
They wouldn’t do it because they see it as an extra job.
Do conductors shoot videos of participants exercising in order to better observe the participants’ fluency, mobility etc?
This would probably be a waste of time because experienced conductors observe everything they need during the CE sessions; replaying the two hours long material for minor details wouldn’t be wise.
Do conductors take photos of participants in order to monitor their progress?
Yes, participants get photographed before their first session and at the end the first two weeks (10 sessions). Occasionally more photo sessions are arranged after that (15 sessions, half year, one year, etc). The photographs are printed and compared to observe improvements. Participants find this important.
On equipment, participants, conductor-participants relationship and CE sessions
The key principle around these sessions and equipments is K.I.S.S (keep it straightforward and simple)
Participants are better off starting the program when they are newly diagnosed, most of those sent to CE are usually In their 3rd to more year of having parkinsons for example. (insert graph) The program would still be of help to these ones, but as with most systems maintenance is best done from the beginning of decline.
What kind of relationship do the Participants and the conductors have?
Conductors are taught to understand to the tiniest detail. Human interaction is a big factor in C.E. The relationip developed between both parties is more like a partnership based on trust and complete honesty (although sometimes is really difficult to be completely honest) than a friendship.
Do conductors find any problems related to the CE equipment?
The weight is problem when it comes to moving the plinths around. On the other hand, having very light plinths could alter their stability, and this is a bad thing, as stability of the plinths is really important for the participants.
At this point I was more concerned with human factors and relationships between Conductors and Participants.
We had a meeting with Anne Coates, the head physiotherapist at Percy Hedley; it was a good idea to get first hand information on areas we had assumed on. Some areas that we covered are Assessments and Research on C.E.
She made us understand that the three first stages people with Parkinson’s go through include,
• Break down in motor skills
• Freezing of Gait
She said that Participants had to have confidence in partaking in Conductive Education.
On assessment, it isn’t really easy because its subject to the way people feel at particular time. They now have various methods of assessing the participants but there was still room for improvement.
On researching Conductive Education, she admitted that it’s been a rough ride, but they have a body so things have got better. She spoke about the C.E world congress which holds in December. And also due to these issues, Conductor training isn’t buoyant; it’s difficult to get conductors. And as far as we understood, only about two universities in the UK offer a conductor training program.
She also spoke about the fact that C.E is Age dependant to an extent, It is better to get them at the earliest stage possible. So it acts as a preventive and coping mechanism, since it is not intended to cure anyway.
She gave us contacts of Nurses we could go to for further information on specific area.