Education for Special Needs - 2nd Edition
The Curative Education Course (317)
The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner
Translated by Anna Meuss
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"Essentially we do not really have the right to talk about normality or abnormality in a child's inner life, nor indeed in the inner life of human beings altogether.... One does not gain much from such labeling, and the first thing to happen should be that the physician or the teacher rejects such an assessment, and goes further than saying that something is clever or sensible according to the way people are habitually thinking." —Rudolf Steiner
Speaking in 1924, when general attitudes to people with special needs were far from enlightened, Steiner gave this seminal lecture course to a small group of teachers and doctors as a basis for their future work. In the current cultural context, regressive ideas such as social Darwinism and eugenics were not only tolerated but popular (some 15 years after these lectures were delivered, the Nazis initiated their so-called euthanasia program). In contrast, Steiner—who had, as a young man, successfully tutored a boy with special needs—was devoted to the progressive task of special education and, in the words of one of those present, "gave the course with pleasure and satisfaction."
Steiner describes polarities of illness and derives courses of treatment from a comprehensive analysis. He considers many individual cases in detail and gives indications on therapeutic exercises, diet, and medicine. The "I," he states, relates directly to the physical body, and the spirit and soul need to be considered when making diagnoses. Throughout the lectures, Steiner offers valuable advice for the self-development of educators, emphasizing the need for enthusiasm, humor, and courage.
As with Steiner’s lectures on agriculture, this course has had a huge international impact, inspiring the establishment of hundreds of schools and communities for people with special needs, including the Camphill and Steiner special-education movements. Revolutionary in approach, the far-reaching perspectives of these lectures are a living source of inspiration to both professionals and parents, as well as anyone seeking spiritual insight.
This new edition features a fresh translation, introductory material, notes, color plates, and an index.
Education for Special Needs is a translation from German of Heilpädagogischer Kurs (GA 317). 12 lectures, Dornach, June 25–July 7, 1924 (CW 317)
This edition replaces Education for Special Needs.
216 pages, 6" x 9", 2014.
The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy
Hans-Broder von Laue and Elke E von Laue
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Eurythmy is a modern art of movement, and eurythmists work in the areas of art, healing, and education. The benefits as a healing social art are well known for both children and adults.
Rudolf Steiner gave a course on eurythmy therapy in which he described the process of “re-enlivening the whole physiology.” The authors of this book have researched eurythmy therapy for many years and The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy is a comprehensive overview of their work. As such, it is also the clearest, most thorough explanation available in English as to the nature of the transformation of sound into eurythmy gestures and the effects of those gestures on the human body and soul. For practicing eurythmists and anyone who would like to explore and understand the profound healing potential of eurythmy as therapy.
Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual
Waldorf Resource Teacher Training Program
Association for a Healing Education
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What an amazing resource this little book is! It holds the instructions for 33 developmental exercises and their variations, discusses what the purpose of each exercise is, how often to do it, what sorts of observations are helpful and includes a space for your notes.
Additionally there is a beautiful and highly useful introduction by Mary Jo Orestito offering insight into the nature, origins and goals of the exercises and a section on "Teacher Tips for Many Ages and Various Situations."
The potential of this simple tool nearly takes my breath away -- with it, teachers and parents will have at hand the means to help their students and children move into the world more firmly, develop their capacities more fully. The Association for a Healing Education is to be commended for bringing this exceptional resource into print.
- Dedication to Ruth Nilsson
- Introduction by Mary Jo Oresti
- Teacher Tips for Many Situations
- Blind Man's Bluff Forms
- Run, Hop Numbers
- Animals Out West
- Clogging Numbers with the Feet
- Form Drawing Homework
- Group Letters in Space
- Memory and Concentration
- Multiplicaiton Table Forms in Movement
- Blind Walk
- Nature Creep
- 20 Creeping Games
- much, much more
Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual II
Association for a Healing Education
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The gift continues! I have characterized the original manual as the single most valuable book we sell -- it is simple to follow, genuinely healing, and even in the hands of untrained non-specialists, really cannot be misapplied. The choices for creative, fun and healing exercises that characterize the first developmental exercise manual have just increased 100%!
- Introduction by Mary Jo Oresti
- Exercises for the Whole Class
- Individual Practice in the Classroom
- Memory Star Exercise
- Incoming First Grade Exercises
- Foot Clapping
- Red Shoes, Blue Shoes
- Adzuki Bean Bags and "Polar Bears"
- Sound Train: Experiencing Phonemes
- Writing with the Feet
- Body Geography Through the Grades
- Two Variations on Exercises for Reading and Writing
- Exercises for Individual Sessions
- Marble Relay
- First Aid for a Bad Day
- Magic Scarves; Laughing Scarves
- Water Works
- Gross Motor Lower Sense Journey/Obstacle Course
- Balance Beam Grammar
- Balance Beam Phonics
- Making a Movie
- Treasure Hunt
- The Butterfly Dance: Moving Spirals with Red and Blue
- Mix a Pancake
- Over and Under the Bridge
- Through the Tunnel
- Bean Bag Catapult
- The Stations Approach
- Glossary of Movement, Growth and Consciousness Resources
The Genius of Natural Childhood
Secrets of Thriving Children
Sally Goddard Blythe
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Young children love creative play, stories, nursery rhymes and games. These are not only good fun, but are also good for the brain.
Sally Goddard Blythe analyses why early movement matters, and how games develop children's skills at different stages of development. She offers a handy starter kit of stories, action games, songs and rhymes, and explains:
- Why movement is an essential ingredient for healthy brain development
- Why music, song, lullabies and nursery rhymes prepare the brain for language
- How fairy tales can help children face their fears in in safety
- How rough and tumble play develops the neural circuits for creativity and self-regulation
- The links between learning problems and sedentary lifestyles and overexposure to electronic media
- What to look out for if your child does not seem to be "ready" for school.
By special invitation, Jane Williams of Toddler Kindy GymbaROO offers her favorite baby massage rhymes, with action songs, finger play and more rhymes to inspire families.
The Extra Lesson
Movement, Drawing and Painting Exercises to Help Children with Difficulties in Writing, Reading and Arithmetic
Audrey E. McAllen
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Audrey McAllen's treasured resource has been revised and expanded -- the result is a work of depth and insight which is even more practical and valuable than before.
This edition of The Extra Lesson gives careful and thorough instructions for the remedial drawing, painting, and movement exercises developed by McAllen. The difficulties students experience when struggling to learn writing, reading, and arithmetic are addressed with specific activities -- the results? Students in both elementary and high school discover new relationships to themselves and the world, and find their path beyond the obstacles they face.
This latest edition of The Extra Lesson gives many more insights into the difficulties children are experiencing now. In it you are shown how to check for these disruptions, and how to remediate them, in far greater detail than before. The book has now increased in breadth and shows the depths from which this work has come. It is clear to me, having communicated with Audrey over the years, that no one else has come close to developing a program so universal in its application and yet holding such deep spiritual truths and insights.
Foundations of the Extra Lesson
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This is a rare and marvelous book, one who's content actually goes beyond the vast hopes that the title evokes. It is truly must-read material for anyone working to foster and balance children's development.
In it, Joep Eikenboom links Audrey McAllen's Extra Lesson work to a rich and potent understanding of Rudolf Steiner's observations and insights. He then moves on to firmly and clearly find the connecting points between McAllen's discoveries, Steiner's science of the spirit and modern day neurology, psychology and physiology. Had he stopped there, for a well-deserved rest, we would all still have been endebted to him.
However, that is not where he stops: once he has laid the foundation of understanding, Eikenboom goes on to describe and explain many, many exercises and describes in intimate terms how they address different human conditions. His explanations are clear and easy to follow, exciting in their accessibility and usefulness.
Reading Children's Drawings
The Person, House and Tree Motifs
Audrey E. McAllen
Full color and black & white illustrations
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There is so much helpful material, examples, insight and inspiration between the covers of this book that it is hard to know where to begin. Audrey McAllen shares the fruit of her lifelong study of children and their remedial needs and gifts us with a book that, in the hands of loving parents, dedicated teachers and able healthcare practitioners, is sure to make children's lives better.
This is the book we have all been waiting for with bated breath. What an amazing achievement this book is! Audrey has made links to health, illness, and the development of the child from her observation of children's drawings and of the child. Audrey has an amazing gift to bring so many aspects of anthroposophy into a very practical application to help us better understand the child.
Lalage Craig, M.Ed.
President of the International
Extra Lesson Association
Workbook for watercolour painting and colour therapy
Hardbound, beautifully and clearly presented with hundreds of color illustrations and photos
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Way back in the day, when our own children were first embarking on their Waldorf journey, I longed to be able to learn how to use watercolor paints and discover the wonders of color itself through them. Unfortunately for me, there was no possibility of my taking time out from our home and children to attend art classes and absolutely nothing was in print that could serve as a tutor at home. From what we've heard over the years, many of you have felt the same way -- and those of you who've written to ask know how reluctantly we've answered that what they are looking for really didn't exist.
It is with both relief and joy that we can announce the arrival of Colour Dynamics, the first really complete, beautifully and clearly illustrated, step-by-step workbook for discovering the life and mysteries of color on one's own. For me, it is a dream come true: a thorough tutorial that anyone can use as the foundation for a lifetime of color exploration through the medium of watercolor.
Of course, Colour Dynamics' usefulness extends well beyond parents at home: teachers and therapists will find it both refreshing and deepening; teenagers may well develop a passion for color through it, too. This book has truly raised the bar for artistic instruction as available through the printed page. Both the publisher and the author are due whatever accolades come their way as a result of this wonderful text.
In the case of this book, the journey of a thousand paintings can begin with a single stroke of your brush. It is wonderful!
Highly recommended for adults and teenagers.
- Techniques (for both wet-on-wet and veiled painting)
- Part One
- Exploring Colours
- Painting the Rainbow
- Combining Colours
- Part Two
- Complementary Colours
- Painting with Complementary Colours
- Why do Colours Clash?
- Part Three
- The Colour Circle
- Enhancing Colours
- The Polarity of Red and Blue - A New Colour Circle
- Part Four
- Sunrises, Sunsets: The Interplay of Light and Darkness
- Sunrises and Sunsets as Achetypes: Painting Out of Colour
- Colour Dynamics: A New Language of Colour
- Part Five
- Colour Through History: A Brief Overview
- Colour Now: Ways to Use this Book
- About the Author
- Quotations and References
- Credits and Illustrations
- Suggestions for Further Reading
An Unobserved Element in Education
Audrey E. McAllen
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One of the first things Rudolf Steiner told the original Waldorf School teachers was: teach the children to breathe and sleep properly. Audrey McAllen, a remedial teacher of no small genius, can be said to have devoted her life's work to this directive.
In The Extra Lesson, she developed therapeutic exercises for children and diagnostic tools for teachers -- the goal: to help children integrate more fully into their bodies and develop their capacities to the utmost. It is in this way, not through superficial and inappropriate breathing exercises, that the breath becomes rhythmic and regulated in a child's developing body.
In Sleep, McAllen goes on to look at the inner significance of children's sleep, particularly its relationship to education. McAllen notes that children take their daytime experiences over into their sleep life; from that she offers both insight and artistic exercises to help that sleep be everything it should be for the child. She also offers meditative material for adult contemplation, for who but adults create the world our children live in?
This is a deep and profound work which addresses an aspect of life that is often hidden and overlooked, but is nonetheless at the heart of our children's well-being.
Movement exercises for parents, teachers and therapists of children with difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling
Mary Nash-Wortham and Jean Hunt
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To my mind no therapist or remedial teacher should be without this edition by their side.
( Dr. Béve Hornsby PhD, MSc, MEd, MSCT
Consultant Speech Therapist and Clinical Psychologist
From the Foreword )
Take Time has been used in Waldorf schools by Extra Lesson teachers for years and is regarded with love and gratitude by everyone who has benefited from this wonderful marriage of curative eurythmy and speech therapy. It is recommended for by all the major advisory and learning support organizations in the UK and many more in other English-speaking countries. Because it is highly readable, it has also become one of the most popular resources for parents.
The authors of Take Time tackle some of the root causes behind difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling, especially where there is a lack of co-ordination, rhythm and timing.
The innovative movement exercises, based on curative eurythmy, and the other activities described in Take Time can be tailored specifically to individual situations. This feature has resulted in the enormous popularity of the book, especially for use by parents. It is recommended by all centres concerned with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other difficulties.
Take Time features:
- 'Pointers' to clarify areas of difficulty, including timing and rhythm, direction, spatial orientation and movement, sequencing, laterality and fine motor control needed for clear speech and successful writing and reading.
- general exercises for co-ordination and body awareness.
- specific exercises to help with particular areas of difficulty and individual situations.
- details of useful resource equipment, books and contact addresses.
Phonic Rhyme Time
A unique collection of phonic rhymes for precise practice in speaking and reading
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An outstanding resource for class and remedial education teachers, speech therapists, homeschooling parents and ESL teachers!
Here we have hundreds of rhymes, each of which concentrates on one specific sound. When repeated as an exercise, they train the mouth to form the sound correctly. Or, use them as a creative way to expand vocabulary or to learn to correctly spell words that sound similarly.
The first part of the book describes how speech sounds are produced and illustrates consonant and vowel positions. The wide range of rhymes and verses means it is suitable for both children and adults, including those learning English as a foreign language.
Mary Nash-Wortham has extensive as a Speech and Language Therapist. She is co-author along with eurythmist Jean Hunt of Take Time, widely used in remedial and extra lesson settings for children with learning difficulties.
A Real Boy
A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery
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A Real Boy is a powerfully inspiring story, made all the more so, in my opinion, by the fact that so much that Christina Adams id for her son echoes so much of what Waldorf education has been saying and doing successfully for years. I think this is a book that everyone can learn from, be heartened by, and then use as life brings us opportunity.
Jonah Adams had been in preschool for less than three weeks when his teachers diagnosed him as autistic. Christina Adams was sure they were mistaken. Then a conversation with her husband's niece, who worked with autistic children, convinced her.
Determined to uncover every secret and symptom of autism, Christina was one of the lucky ones. By combining a special diet and the advice of a cutting-edge doctor with one-on-one instruction from speech therapists and behavioral psychologists, she and her husband found a way to seize Jonah's limited window of opportunity for recover -- and she shares this extraordinary journey with all of us in A Real Boy.
The Gift of Dyslexia
Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read . . . and How They Can Learn
Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M. Braun
Revised and Expanded Edition
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Like other dyslexics, Ronald Davis was gifted with an unusual talent for creativity and imagination . . . yet, he grew up wondering why he couldn't function right in school, where teachers labeled him "retarded." After numerous failures and setbacks, he eventually became an engineer, a businessman, and a sculptor--and at the age of thirty-eight made a startling discovery that enabled him to read a book, cover to cover, in just a few hours. Davis's approach enjoys a 97% success rate, in my opinion because its foundation is a reality he knows intimately, not a theory thought from a distance. If you or someone you love has dyslexia or other learning disorders, please take a look at this book. It may well open wide a door you weren't sure even existed.
Snip, Snap, Snout
A Waldorf Reader for Third Grade Extra Lesson Work
Text by Arthur M Pittis
Illustrations by Ausa M Peacock
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By third grade, if a student is still having significant struggles with the written word, extra lesson work is often recommended. Snip, Snap, Snout! is perhaps the best remedial reading book ever written. Stories are kept short, but they are never dull or contrived. The trained eye can catch that each story focuses on different word groups, sounds, punctuation and grammar, but all this is done so very artistically that someone who didn't know this was a book of stories for remedial reading would never notice. As with the other grade 3 readers, this one recapitulates the grade 2 curriculum of fables and saints, and does so with grace, charm and warmth.
The human foundations of speaking, writing and reading
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Michael Rose makes the case that the very life and nature of language are breaking down under the pressures of modern society. I couldn't agree with him more -- I hope many people will read his book and be inspired in a thousand ways to make changes to reverse the slippery slope of this trend.
In Living Literacy, he attributes these threats to inappropriate electronic media and to fundamental flaws in modern educational systems, while examining what really works in teaching and preparing for literacy.
Living Literacy investigates the nature of literacy and how it relates to child development. It explores how teachers and parents can prepare for the transition to literacy through conversation, story, song, and play, followed by relevant and living ways to introduce reading and writing formally.
- Part 1 Seeing the Picture
- The Great Divide
- What is Literacy?
- Literacy in the World Today
- The Emergence of the Alphabet
- Lessons of Development
- Part 2 Making the difference
- Tuning to the Mother Tongue
- Animating the Word
- First Writing and Reading
- Developing Literacy as Faculty
- Further Suggestions for Practice
- Literacy and Learning Differences
- Part 3 Closing the Book
- The Three Persons of Literacy
- Harvesting the Word
- The Future
Diagnosis in Curative Education
Foreword by Michael Glockler, MD
Introduction by Cornelius Pietzner
Translated by Catherine E. Creeger
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Karl König's point of view is that "disabilities" are exaggerated forms of ways we all use to cope with life. He presents the outline of a comprehensive child anthropology for diagnosis in the areas of motor disturbances, sensory disturbances, right and left, the world of language and the gestalt of the child. Finally he introduces us to convulsive disorders, epilepsy and hysteria.
This unique book is of value not only to those working in special education but to anyone interested in the dynamics of all human development.
An Unchanged Mind
The Problem of Immaturity in Adolescence
John A McKinnon, MD
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John McKinnon addresses what has to me been the most pressing question of the past two decades: why is it that our children seem to be "getting stuck," developmentally speaking, at ages well below what I remember of adolescent maturity? And then, of course, the real question: What on earth are we to do about it?
I'm very happy to say that his book is filled with insight and with hope. My hope is that every parent and teacher read it long before the children in their care become teenagers - his insights will help avert some of the problem because it is so much easier to prevent than to "fix" these things.
My larger hope is that the wisdom of this book will come to permeate our society as a whole, for it is ultimately a collective healing that is called for.
An Unchanged Mind begins with a clinical riddle: Why are American teenagers failing to develop normally through adolescence? We are presented with case studies from a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teenagers: All new students had been deemed treatment "failures" after conventional psychiatric care. All were bright teenagers, full of promise, not obviously "ill." Yet they found themselves unprepared for the challenges of modern adolescence and inevitably failed—at school, at home, and among their peers socially.
An Unchanged Mind is the discovery of the essence of this problem—disrupted maturation and resulting immaturity. The book explains the problem carefully, with a brief review of normal development and an examination of the delays today's teenagers are suffering: the causes of those delays and how they produce a flawed approach to living. There is a solution. With a sustained push to help troubled kids catch up, symptoms abate, academic and interpersonal functioning improve, and parents pronounce their teens miraculously recovered. This remedy is not a matter of pharmacology—and the cure is not in pills. The remedy is, instead, to grow up.
McKinnon's inspiring message is that no behavioral problem along these lines is hopeless. He shows how he has done it.
—Evander Lomke, Executive Director, American Mental Health Foundation
Difficult Children: There Is No Such Thing
An appeal for the transformation of educational thinking
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Köhler's unceasingly heart-filled account appears at a time when, on the one hand, we face rising numbers of children whose classroom behavior classifies them as "educationally difficult," and on the other hand seem to find ourselves painted into a corner with fewer and fewer means to address this crisis. Köhler eloquent protest is founded in his long and deep experience in working with special needs children, and the success of his approach is beyond dismissal. He challenges these accepted patterns of thought and outlines a spiritually deepened concept of education and upbringing that is truly refreshing. Every parent and teacher will benefit from this book. In fact, I'd go so far as to say every adult human being will benefit from learning to see others through eyes taught to look as Köhler looks. Difficult Children has our highest recommendation!
Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour
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Susan Perrow has developed the art of pedagogical stories to a luminescent degree. In her beautiful book she offers dozens of stories, some her own, some traditional and retold by her. Each story carries with it the seed of healing for just about any childhood problem, from unruly behavior to deep grieving. Her voice is one of warmth and caring, her stories are richly engaging to young and old alike.
Having her book at hand is like having a medicine chest filled with homeopathic remedies for all conditions - and, like homeopathy, Susan's stories are guaranteed to produce no unwanted side effects.
Healing Stories includes chapters on creating stories and on the art of storytelling, as well as stories selected for their ability to heal. This is a resource that is so vast in its usefulness that we predict it will become one of the most sought after parent/teacher resources ever printed.
A Guide for Teachers Waldorf Insights and Practical Approaches
Mary Ellen Willby, editor
Audrey E. McAllen, René Querido, Margret Meyerkort, Ingun Schneider and many other contributors
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A wonderful book and one for which I have been hoping for many, many years. Learning Difficulties gathers together nearly 300 pages of the best insights, deepest experiences and most successful approaches to learning difficulties by over 30 teachers expert in the field of learning disabilities.
In it you will find eye-opening accounts of the physical/emotional/mental configurations that most fully describe common and uncommon learning difficulties. Paired with these incisive descriptions is a clear and practical account of approaches, therapies, exercises that can be used to counter and heal these conditions. There are also numerous articles giving (often with really good illustrations!) diagnostic exercises that teachers can use to better understand a child's difficulty.
This book is such a grace-filled gift! My hope is that many, many children experience and benefit from the work this book can inspire.
Working with Anxious, Nervous and Depressed Children
A Spiritual Perspective to Guide Parents
Introduction by Philip Incao, MD
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Henning Köhler courageously presents parents and teachers with a practical path of schooling the thinking, heart, and will in selfless devotion to the individual destiny of each child. This is a book every teacher, parent and friend of children will want to read and consider - it offers a way of receiving troubled children into our hearts, into the stream of our love such that healing and forward movement become possible.
A Healing Education
How Can Waldorf Education Meet the Needs of Children?
Michaela Glöckler, MD
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These lectures on health in education, given in 1998 at the Waldorf Teachers Conference at Rudolf Steiner College, are a potent support for the work of the Waldorf teacher. As a physician, Dr. Glöckler brings to the fore the physiological foundation of Waldorf Education, moving from clearly observable physical phenomena to the soul-spiritual forces working in them. This physiological approach supports the teachers' striving for sensitive observation of each child and gives new perspectives for their gasp of the complicated nature of the human being. She demonstrates teh difference between human and animal and shows how, in the animal, wisdom and intelligence have formed the physical body and express themselves through instinct.
These lectures appear as increasing numbers of children are being identified as learning disabled and, more subtly, as daily life provides less and less a foundation for health. Dr. Glöckler points out that the understanding that whatever the manifestations are, underlying them are physiological problems and that this understanding is fundamental to Waldorf Education.
The key task of the educator, therefore, is to insure for the child a healthy physical development, for this is the basis for a healthy soul-spiritual development.
Children with Special Needs
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This is the best "first book" on curative education we have seen, and we are genuinely glad to be able to offer it to you. This is a concise and fully illustrated introduction to Rudolf Steiner's ideas on the education of children with special needs. Though not intended as more than a general overview, the details of working with children manifesting a variety of learning barriers and emotional/physical challenges are incredibly instructive, in part because of the many well-chosen photographs (some of which are simply terrific!).
Thinking in Pictures
My Life with Autism
Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
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Prepare for an incredible journey into the workings of the human mind - both normal and abnormal. Temple Grandin, a Ph.D. animal researcher who is also autistic, has gifted us all with an intimate "insiders account" of autism. You will learn more about the nature of this syndrome and of the workings of your own mind from this account than you could from any collection of theoretical reports. Further, because Temple is also a consummate scientist, her report is filled with the latest discoveries about the neurological basis of autism and about what therapies have been found to work and for whom they are effective. This is a great book that is certain to help anyone working with any special human needs. Outstanding!