In conductive education learning is emphasized at all times. Special furniture and accessories facilitate this learning process.

The multipurpose furniture enables the child to:

  • Fixate themselves
  • Control their associated reactions
  • Control their abnormal reflex activity
  • Become secure, confident and motivated
  • Use the basic motor pattern
  • Increase their independence
  • Improve their hand function
  • Learn how to eat, play, etc. on their own
  • Increase their physical stamina
  • Socialize with other children

Plinths

  • The plinth is a slatted table which enables a child to hold on whilst performing tasks thus giving them a sense of security, stability, confidence and helps them to learn how to fix their limbs.
  • This is particularly useful for all children with cerebral palsy so they are able to better control their bodies in order to learn and coordinate purposeful movements and maintain a good posture.
  • A plinth, when lying in prone or supine, also provides tactile feedback and visio-spatial clues which help a child who suffers from poor proprioception (e.g. children with hemiplegia, quadriplegia and ataxia).
  • Plinths are multi functional and can be used: as a table, for the task series, as a bed, for playing at, as an obstacle, for side stepping along, for socialising.

Ladders

  • Help a child to experience an upright position
  • Rungs allow a child to fix a limb and enable them to control any over movements or involuntary reflexes
  • Allow a child to hold onto a rung which is at a suitable height for them
  • Can be used for any task in a sitting or standing position, for practising standing up or as support when transferring from one place to another

Ladder back chairs

  • Multifunctional piece of furniture: to sit on, to practise standing up and as support when walking
  • Rungs allow a child to fix a limb and therefore enabling them to control any over movements or involuntary reflexes
  • May have a pommel which provides added security for a younger child or added confidence to a child to prevent them from sliding down

Grasp bars

  • Grasp bars (horizontal and vertical) can be clipped onto the plinths.
  • Helps to reduce involuntary movements
  • Sitting balance and symmetry is improved
  • Better head control will be achieved
  • Gives function and awareness to affected limbs

Foot boxes

  • Used to ensure that the children have their feet flat at all times
  • Important for preparation for walking
  • Vary in height so each child when sitting at the plinth or at the snack table will have their own foot box at a height relevant to the distance of their feet from the floor

Parallel bars

  • Teach balance, transference of weight and stepping
  • Gives the child security whilst trying movements which may be difficult for them

Slatted stools

  • Help teach children the correct posture in the sitting position and may enable them to sit unsupported
  • Stools are also slatted so the child is able to hold on to give additional balance and security
  • Vary in height, ensuring that the child is able to have their feet flat on the floor, giving them additional feedback and balance.