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Special Edition - 16 pages

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In addition to an excellent presentation by Paula Moraine surrounding the nature autism through an understanding of executive functions, there are articles about international extra lesson work and school workshops.  This issue’s President’s Message recounts John Greene’s personal experience through his daughter’s mild dyslexia.


  • President’s Message – John Greene
  • Workshops in Schools Report – Mary Jo Oresti, M.A.
  • Who Is Here? Educational Support for Adolescents – Paul Gierlach, with Sibylle Eichstaedt and Eleanor Winship
  • “Our rightful place as educators is to be removers of hindrances . . .” – Rudolf Steiner
  • Supporting International Curative Education – Becky Rutherford and Jan Christopher Goeschel
  • Sensitive Systems – Gerry LoDolce
  • Everyday Executive Functions – Paula Moraine
  • Weaving the Invitation to Incarnate – Workshop with Joan Treadaway
  • The Senses in Art and Play – Katie Reily
  • Beholding What You See: The Signature of the Ego

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A Holistic Approach

Dr. Marga Hogenboom and Bob Woodward

Third Edition

With a foreword by Colwyn Trevarthen, Professor Emeritus of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, University of Edinburgh



This is the first really useful book on autism that I’ve found. Autism – A Holistic Approach caused me to breath a sigh of relief: “Finally, someone is discussing what can be done to help!” as well as a smile of hope: “Now, perhaps we can move ahead on this!”

The authors have written a wonderful guide to the phenomena of autism – they offer a penetrating and thorough description of the symptoms and what they say about the world of the autistic human being. More importantly, in my opinion, they document case after case and describe in clear detail what sort of therapeutic work was done with the individual and what the results were! This is what I’ve been looking for over all these years – a source that would clearly describe these simple therapies and clearly document the results that were observed.

The therapies used are so simple in most cases that should you have an autistic person in your care, but no experts in autism within your reach, I believe that most people could safely and effectively follow through with these activities. And this is the real joy of this book – that it presents a clear picture of what to do, a picture so clear that caregivers and professionals alike can take up this work.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough for anyone working or living with someone with autism.

Using Artistic Creativity to Reach, Teach, and Touch Our Children

Janet Tubbs



Anyone who is concerned with the seemingly exponential increase in children manifesting a wide variety of developmental syndromes will rejoice at the appearance of Janet Tubb’s truly great book. Janet has worked for over thirty years with children with difficulties ranging from low self-esteem to autism, ADD and more. She has developed her own approach using art, music, and movement – and, when research supports it, nutritional supplements or modifications. Her awareness of children’s developmental needs and the effects various artistic therapies can have has its roots in both Waldorf education and conventional therapeutic research and modalities.

Her book is a powerful gift, filled with clear pictures of children with various difficulties, incredibly helpful advice that is amazingly multi-dimensional, and clear instructions for delivering a cornucopia of therapeutic activities and exercises.

Thank you, Janet!

Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

Foreword by Trude Turnquist, PhD, OTR/L

Includes new activities and updated information



The author who has written one of the best-loved and genuinely helpful books for parents whose children have sensory processing disorder (The Out-of-Sync Child) has followed it up with this companion volume, which presents more than one hundred playful activities specially designed for kids with SPD.

Each activity in this inspiring and practical book is SAFE—Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun and Easy—to help develop and organize a child’s brain and body. More importantly from your child’s point of view, each activity is playful, warm, funny and interesting.  It should be quite easy to engage a child in these games and projects — and perhaps quite difficult to disengage both the child and yourself from playing them because they really are so much fun.

Whether your child faces challenges with touch, balance, movement, body position, vision, hearing, smell, and taste, motor planning, or other sensory problems, this book presents lively and engaging ways to bring fun and play to everyday situations.

This revised edition includes new activities, along with updated information on which activities are most appropriate for children with coexisting conditions including Asperger’s and autism, and more.

Spiritual experiences of people with autism

Edited by Wolfgang Weirauch



Many individuals with autism are highly intelligent and gifted, but some are effectively imprisoned in their bodies and unable to communicate verbally. However, developments in technology have enabled autistic people to transmit their thoughts directly. In this true account, three autistic people, two of them brothers, speak via the method of “facilitated communication,” with the aid of a computer keypad. What is conveyed are not just everyday thoughts and experiences, but surprising and sometimes shattering spiritual and metaphysical perceptions. The conversations reveal remarkable clairvoyant gifts, such as the ability to read other people’s thoughts, to see past lives, and to communicate with supernatural entities.

Erik speaks of a past life during World War II, and the horrendous experience of being killed at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. As a result of this, his soul had no desire to reincarnate on earth—although he also describes encounters with Christ, and how these eventually led to his present life. Andreas speaks of his perceptions of elemental beings—nature spirits—and how we can develop more intimate contact with such entities, for example through special kinds of music. He also describes Christ’s working in nature as well as his Second Coming. Each of the interviewees discuss meditation and how it can engender vital spiritual processes and perceptions. Together, their insights provide an astonishing glimpse into the way some people with autism appear to experience the world, and how their experiences can enrich our own.

Additional interviews with educators and therapists working with people with disabilities in the autistic spectrum give a broad view of progressive and inspirational educational methods.

A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds

Jenny McCarthy



The core message that I took away from Mother Warriors is one of balance.  Each of these parent’s stories has the theme “my child was vaccinated and had an extreme reaction to it; in the end (with one sad exception), my child emerged autistic, but was helped to recover.”  This is not, however, a diatribe against all vaccination.  It is instead a call for common sense, and for acknowledging that for all the benefits of vaccines to most children, there are some children who can be very adversely affected.  It is for these children that we must be watchful, and we acknowledging that parents really do know their children best.  And, it is for all children that Mother Warriors carries the message: never, ever give up when it comes to your children.

These parents faced harrowing experiences, felt isolated and unheard.  Yet they also found ways to really, truly help their autistic children.  This in the face of a commonly held belief about autism that “there’s nothing that can be done.”  I really appreciate hearing all these different people, with very different lives and perspectives, tell their story.  I’m not sure which I find most powerful: their love and determination, or all the many and varied things they found that helped their children.  Both carry a strong message of hope, one that I believe is strong enough to resonate for years to come and really help change how children are treated in relation to vaccination and also to autism.

A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery

Christina Adams



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.


This issue focuses on therapeutic approaches as practiced successfully with a student with autism, ways of communicating with students such that they experience your warmth, form drawing sequences for remedial development, and creating programs to address complex student needs.


  • President’s Message – Mary Jo Oresti
  • Mending the Rainbow Bridge
  • Recommendations for Complex Program Planning – Sir Balázs Tarnai, Ph.D
  • Continuing the Developmental Drawing Sequence – Symmetry – Mary Jo Oresti
  • Announcements and Reports

A Practical Guide to Parenting Children with Special Needs

P. Clarke, H. Kofsky, J. Lauruol


To a Different Drumbeat is written by parents, for parents, and based on personal experience In an age dominated by illusions of perfection, the underlining theme is a bold one: “Look what we can do. See how life and society are richer through diversity, and how much we can learn from our children.” The authors address the specific challenges facing parents whose children have handicaps or special needs. How do we deal with grief or guilt, or unrealized expectations? Where can we find the help we need? This book is relevant to those whose children have conditions ranging from autism to cerebral palsy, undiagnosed learning difficulties, degrees of deafness or visual handicap. There is a lot of wisdom and love between these covers.

Labeled Autistic

Temple Grandin



Temple Grandin’s story is as miraculous and inspiring as that of Helen Keller. Mainly through her own determination and with the help of some very loving and insightful adults along the way, she discovered ways to free her self from the chains of autism and then went on to find ways to allow the special gifts of autism to be placed in service of the world. What we can learn from her is a lot.

As a child, she longed for affection, but because she was terrified of human contact and easily overstimulated, she became increasingly isolated instead. She also suffered from extreme anxiety attacks and was truly a prisoner of her autistic constitution.

Because she was also acutely observant and had a real understanding for the animals in her life (farm animals as well as pets), she was able to equate the responses of those animals to her own feelings and then to find ways to help herself out of the anxiety attack syndrome. And from there, her work both as a developer of effective autistic therapies and as a an animal scientist blossomed. As an adult, she is regarded as one of the most gifted animal scientists, and one of the highest functioning autistic individuals in the world.

Here story is remarkable: it teaches us as much about what it means to be human as it teaches about autism and its potentials. I just love this book.

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