About BOOST Conductive Education Program
BOOST Conductive Education is a year-round program to help children with Cerebral Palsy (quadriplegia, hemiplegia, diplegia, ataxia, athetosis), spina bifida, paraplegia, Multiplex Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke, head injuries and other brain based motor delays.
“To offer the best possible intervention for children with motor disabilities, leading to life-long independence, high self-esteem, and well-being.”Our objective is to make a significant, life-changing impact on the mobility and independence of children with motor disabilities through Conductive Education.”
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.