Conductive Education (CE) is an effective educational program for children with motor disabilities. The program emphasizes active learning in groups of four to ten students. Students learn to be physically, socially and psychologically independent. Peer interaction and support help children accomplish individual goals.
Steps To Independence offers summer and year-round programs in the Pittsburgh Metro area.
Early Childhood Program (Age 3+)
Three days/week: 10:00am-1:00pm.
Steps to Independence offers a program for children ages 3-5 that is comprised of several different conductive education techniques that target every aspect of each child's development.Within this time span we start with our own version of circle time, where each student is an active participant in discussing and interpreting everyday concepts such as weather, calendar, and the theme of the week. Following circle time, we continue to address the children's individual needs in our laying session, where each child is encouraged to use the skills he has and enhance those that are still developing through teacher-led movements in a laying position using games and music as motivation. Next, different activities are presented in a sitting position, assisted or independent, to keep the students interested in pushing their personal limits and expectations. Students are able to learn in a friendly, comfortable, nearly 1:1 adult to child ratio, while still benefiting from a social environment with lots of chances to interact with peers.
Mommy and Me Group
2 or 3 days/week for 2.5 hours.
The goal in this group is to teach infants/toddlers basic movements (rolling, crawling, sitting etc.) in a playful environment. Parents also learn how to incorporate the new skills/movements into their everyday life/routine.
After School Program