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The ‘fur’ was flying at the Sombra Optimist Club meeting after a talk from Christa MacLaggan and Rick Devolder from Southwestern Ontario Conductive Education (CE).

SWONT Conductive Education is a summer program offered to children aged 2-16 with various motor challenges across Southwestern Ontario.

Four, 4-week camps are offered in Chatham, Sarnia, St. Thomas and Windsor.

Sombra Optimist President elect Vic O’Leary decided to have his head shaved at their meeting by MacLaggan, as part of a spontaneous $300 fundraiser to support the camps.

Conductive education is an intensive, multi-disciplinary approach to education, training and development.

This program helps children build their cognitive skills and helps them learn to use alternate strategies to accomplish common motor tasks such as sitting, standing, walking, dressing, and eating.

The focus is also on teaching family members to use these strategies at home to reinforce the application of CE skills in all aspects of daily life. The program is led by certified Conductor Teachers who come from Hungary each summer having been trained by the Peto Institute where Conductive Education began.

This program is only available in Canada in larger cities and it is for this reason that 19 years ago the summer programs came to be, to provide the opportunity for children to attend in Southwest Ontario.

SWONT Conductive Education is a registered non-profit charitable organization. As a result of various fundraising efforts and support from area Optimist clubs the costs for each child is covered, except for a $200 dollar commitment fee from the parents for the four-week camp.

For more information visit the website at www.swontconductiveeducation.com or call Christa MacLaggan at 519-384 5421.

There are still spots available in our programs for this summer.