Conductive education expansion at Carson Street School

(L-R) Carson Street School students Alisa (Pre-Primary), Ava (Kindy), Lucie (Kindy) with education assistant Lucya Weiland and Conductive Education coordinator Shona Ballantyne. Picture: David Baylis
(L-R) Carson Street School students Alisa (Pre-Primary), Ava (Kindy), Lucie (Kindy) with education assistant Lucya Weiland and Conductive Education coordinator Shona Ballantyne. Picture: David Baylis

CARSON Street School continues to expand their conductive education program to give students with limited mobility access to art and qualified teachers.

Conductive Education Services coordinator Shona Ballantyne said about 35 conductive education students would visit Sculpture by the Sea for Conductive Education Awareness Week.

“Some classes went last year but this will be the first time we’ve done it as the whole conductive education program,” she said.

“It will offer them educational insight into the arts as well as offering an opportunity to explore their community.”

Sculpture by the Sea will have special matting on March 13 – 14 for visitors with limited mobility or wheelchairs to access specific areas on the beach.

Conductive Education Awareness Week is on March 11 – 15.

Carson Street School’s conductive education is the only educational program in WA designed for children with damage to the central nervous system to overcome their challenges.

Ms Ballantyne said the first conductive education training in the Southern Hemisphere will start at Carson Street School in Term 2.

“We have trouble getting qualified staff due to immigration laws in Australia so undertaking training here will help us sustain our program and grow it too,” she said.

“The Conductive Education Charity of WA will be funding the training and it will be done in collaboration with National Institute for Conductive Education in the UK.

“Carson Street School teachers would train multi-disciplinary conductors and conductor assistants with their UK colleagues.”