“Our objective is to make a significant, life-changing impact on the mobility, independence and well- being of children with motor disabilities through the method of Conductive Education.”
About BOOST Conductive Education
BOOST is a Conductive Education based year-round program located in Northern California. We serve children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy (quadriplegia, hemiplegia, diplegia, ataxia, athetosis), spina bifida, paraplegia, Multiplex Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke, head injuries and other brain based motor delays.
Boost Conductive Education began in 2001 after two Sonoma County moms, Susy McBride and Cheryl Dvorak, vowed to find an easier way than traveling out-of-state to help their daughters with cerebral palsy, Alexa McBride and Katya Dvorak, get the care and support they needed to progress. Recognizing the need for Conductive Education in Northern California, Susy and Cheryl developed Boost by bringing together highly trained conductors, dedicated teenage volunteers, and motivated parents of children with motor disabilities. Since 2001, Boost has focused on using Conductive Education to help maximize participants’ independence and quality of life, and improve the confidence and psychological well being of both Boost participants and their families.
In 2008, Boost became a program of UCP of the North Bay and Susy continued her commitment and support of this remarkable program. In 2013, Katie Lightfoot, a former Boost volunteer, became Boost’s Conductive Education Director and brought the program to a whole new level. Her dedication and UCPNB’s support Margaret Farman in lead, helped Boost grow. A big dream came true when our first full time conductor teacher Saskia Kramer became the Boost Director. In August 2016, Saskia began working on developing Boost into a program with year-round Conductive Education activities.
Today we serve children on a daily basis, we provide with multiple session types where children can learn and reach their goals.
Susy McBride shares,
“We measure the success of our program by watching the joy on a mother’s face as she observes her child:
- laughing for the first time in his life,
- walking with canes for the first time when she had given up hope,
- grasping an object with his hands and holding on,
- sitting alone without support,
- or being aware of the ability to blow out a candle – and doing it!
Watching their children accomplish these simple tasks is monumental to every parent.”
BOOST Conductive Education relies on donations that go toward the cost of qualified conductors, teachers’ aides, classroom furniture, supplies and scholarships.