The Need

The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Association statistics shows that one in five hundred babies born this year will have Cerebral Palsy, just one of the many movement disorders that affect Canadians every year.

There are over 300,000 Canadians living with the effects of stroke. Each year, 50,000 additional Canadians suffer a stroke.

Function-based programs, such as Conductive Education, can help an individual achieve maximum potential in growth, development and self-esteem.

Many families have children with Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, or another neuro-motor disability and wish to find treatments to best serve their children. Conductive Education is an effective option for many children with these impairments.

Treatment Facts

  • When a child is faced with a movement disorder, the best strategy is for early and continual intervention.
  • Under the current health care system, mainstream therapies are often completed by age seven, and in some cases, age sixteen. They are often consultative in nature and limited to monthly visits of one hour duration.
  • Research indicates that the brain has the ability to grow, learn and develop through childhood and into adolescence and adulthood. An injured teenage brain can be developed just as that of an infant.
  • Under the current health care system, the teenage demographic can be faced with reduced or withdrawn mainstream therapies, resulting in missed opportunities to become as independent as possible.

The Facility

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Our Response

The Movement Centre of Manitoba Inc. is committed to providing opportunities for Manitobans with motor challenges to achieve optimal physical, cognitive and social independence, through the application and promotion of Conductive Education principles.

The Movement Centre of Manitoba is a top-rated facility that delivers intensive weekly programs of Conductive Education that run all year long. The facility consists of three spacious classrooms outfitted with specialized equipment designed to facilitate movement and promote learning through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. A heated pool with a hydraulic lift, kitchen, laundry facility and bathing area are incorporated for the development of life skills.

Conductive Education at The Movement Centre

  • A teaching method for individuals with movement disabilities.
  • Every child is given an active role in their own learning, rather than being a recipient of therapy that is “done to them”.
  • The Conductive Education program requires that the participating individual has the ability to understand basic instructions along with a desire to actively participate. This is essential for achieving success.
  • The peer group is an important element of the program, promoting a fun, motivating environment while working toward individual goals.
  • A structured program allows for the development of a routine and creates expectation, helping students achieve as much independence as possible.
  • An ability to understand basic instructions along with a desire to actively participate is essential for achieving success in the program.
  • Individual programs are also available, children can have one on one time with a Conductor with customized goals being set and monitored to achieve a program that is specifically suited and designed for the child.

Classes

Individual

Children can receive Individual Classes with one of our Conductor’s for a very personalized program benefitting the individual’s specific needs

Parent and Child (Ages: 0-3)

Focus: A fun environment where parents are taught techniques to help in their child’s development (sitting, standing, etc.)

Early Years (Ages: 3-6)

Focus: Structured group program with age appropriate games, activities and songs.

School Aged (Ages: 5-8)

Focus: Developing skills necessary for positive integration in school and in the community.
* Participants are invited to attend with their Para-professional for the beginner class only.
* Beginner and Advanced Classes Available

School Aged (8-18)

Focus: Learning, reinforcing and applying skills necessary for everyday activities alongside peers
* Participants are invited to attend with their Para-professional on school days

Intensive/Summer Camps

Focus: Fun themes including craft activities and games and opportunities for developing self-care/life skills.
Frequency: Intensive 4 week programs during Summer Months (July and August).  Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm or 9:30am to 3:30pm.

2016 Fall Program Schedule

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Openings in our Children’s Program

We are looking to fill some spaces in our program! Think you or someone you care for could benefit from Conductive Education? Contact us today!

Cerebral Palsy Program: Individuals of all ages and levels of mobility.

Stroke Program: Individuals currently walking with a walker or are wheelchair bound & individuals with a high level of mobility, walking independently or with a cane.

Acquired Brain Injury Program: Individuals with any level of mobility and function.

Spina Bifida Program: Children Ages 3-6 using a walker or canes for mobility.

Goals

Individual and group goals include the development of:

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-care and life skills
  • Self-esteem, confidence and motivation
  • Body and spatial awareness
  • Cognitive development and problem solving
  • Attention span and listening skills
  • Speech and communication

Pre-Assessment Form

Think our program could benefit you? Please complete and return the Child Pre-Assessment Form. The form can be sent by email, fax, mail, or drop-off. Visit our Contact Us page for our contact information.

Download Child Pre-Assessment Form

Our Conductor’s will review the assessment and will call you to schedule an assessment appointment.

Assessment Fees
The fee for the assessment is $75 and a receipt will be issued. The Conductor will make recommendations as to which programs or sessions are most suitable.

Pricing Details

Initial Assessment – $75

Assessment Length: 30 mins – 2 hours (time varies for each individual)
* Scheduled after we receive the Pre-Assessment Form

Membership Fee – $25

Membership is yearly. All individuals enrolled in our program must be members in good standing. Members are entitled to our newsletter, a vote at our annual general meeting, and access to our indoor Olympic sized swimming pool.

Program Fees  Please contact our administrative staff for child program costs.
*Sessions are invoiced in a block of time. If full payment is not received before the first class of each session, a payment plan can be arranged.

Subsidized Fees
Fees are currently subsidized 75%. The Movement Centre relies on donors, grants, and fundraising efforts.
Ken Tacium Memorial Fund
The Ken Tacium Memorial Fund provides clients with the opportunity to apply for additional financial support in order to attend programs at The Movement Centre of Manitoba.

This funding is based on donations, thus is available if adequate funds are received.

2016 Application Form – Funds for 2016 have already been allocated. A 2017 form will appear here in November, 2016.