LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST WITH 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.

Our Mission

“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.”

History

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.

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.

Check out our different services and programs!

History
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. Since then we established our After school Program, we held our first Winter Camp in 2017 January with 8 kids and one conductor. In 2018 January we run our second Winter Camp with two conductors and two small groups.

Our significant Summer Camp has been successfully run in the month of July with over 20 families and a constantly growing multidisciplinary team that consists of Conductor teachers, Occupational Therapist, Behaviorist and a Marriage and Family Therapist.

In August 2017 we added an additional three-day Mini Intensive Program once a month to further the consistency of our services.  Boost also provides individual and small group sessions during the weekdays.

Boost is a current member of the Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA).

Today we serve children on a daily basis, and provide with multiple session types where children can learn and reach their goals.

Our next goal is to open the BOOST Academic Classroom int the fall of 2018!

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Hi Friends! Happy Thursday! We are ready for a very small group for the summer to participate in Conductive Education!

The dates have changed due to all the uncertainty with planning to June 7th to June 25th! We are excited to host everyone at Cypress School in Petaluma!

Deadline to sign up is May 21st!

Hope to see you all very soon!
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Hi Friends! Happy Thursday! We are ready for a very small group for the summer to participate in Conductive Education! 

The dates have changed due to all the uncertainty with planning to June 7th to June 25th! We are excited to host everyone at Cypress School in Petaluma!

Deadline to sign up is May 21st! 

Hope to see you all very soon!

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Laressa has been working at WineBev Services since 2016. Although she is a hard worker and very detail oriented in production, she has always wanted to work in the community, independently. Since the beginning of the pandemic and the temporary closure of our WineBev Services program, Laressa set a goal of attaining a job in the retail field. She independently applied for a number of positions and was hired at Walmart in November. Our Supported Employment program in Napa has assisted her in registering with Department of Rehabilitation, so that she will be able to have a Job Coach to support her in her new position. As well as working at Walmart, she continues to attend employment related Zoom classes through our WBS program. In time, Laressa has stated that she wants to save up so that she can take a vacation to Hawaii, a dream she has had for many years. We are proud of Laressa’s growth, self-advocacy, and positive attitude that has helped her achieve her goals. WineBev Services will continue to support her as she moves forward in her life.
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UCP of the North Bay Program Stories: WineBev Services

Laressa has been working at WineBev Services since 2016. Although she is a hard worker and very detail oriented in production, she has always wanted to work in the community, independently. Since the beginning of the pandemic and the temporary closure of our WineBev Services program, Laressa set a goal of attaining a job in the retail field. She independently applied for a number of positions and was hired at Walmart in November. Our Supported Employment program in Napa has assisted her in registering with Department of Rehabilitation, so that she will be able to have a Job Coach to support her in her new position. As well as working at Walmart, she continues to attend employment related Zoom classes through our WBS program. In time, Laressa has stated that she wants to save up so that she can take a vacation to Hawaii, a dream she has had for many years. We are proud of Laressa’s growth, self-advocacy, and positive attitude that has helped her achieve her goals. WineBev Services will continue to support her as she moves forward in her life.

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Bravo on her hard work and working toward her goals!! 💜

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Community Relations

Jen Whalen, Director
Steve Gatlin, Manager
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1425 N. McDowell Blvd, Suite 115
Petaluma, CA 94954
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