Education Therapy

 

The Physiology of Eurythmy Therapy

Hans-Broder von Laue and Elke E von Laue

$50.00

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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.

 

The Genius of Natural Childhood

Secrets of Thriving Children

Sally Goddard Blythe

Softbound

$28.00

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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

Paperback

Seventh Edition

$33.50

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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

Joep Eikenboom

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$29.95

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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

Softbound

Full color and black & white illustrations

$23.00

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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

Sleep

An Unobserved Element in Education

Audrey E. McAllen

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$14.95

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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.

Take Time

Movement exercises for parents, teachers and therapists of children with difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling

Mary Nash-Wortham and Jean Hunt

Spiral Bound

$29.95

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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

Mary Nash-Wortham

Spiral bound

$29.95

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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

Christina Adams

Softbound

$5.00

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Originally $22.00 -

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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$16.95

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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

Hardbound

$10.00

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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.

Living Literacy

The human foundations of speaking, writing and reading

Michael Rose

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$21.50

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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.

Contents:

  • 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
    • Appendices
    • Bibliography
    • Resources

Being Human

Diagnosis in Curative Education

Karl König

Foreword by Michael Glockler, MD

Introduction by Cornelius Pietzner

Translated by Catherine E. Creeger

Softbound

$18.95

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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.

Difficult Children: There Is No Such Thing

Henning Köhler

An appeal for the transformation of educational thinking

Softbound

$18.00

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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!

Education as Preventative Medicine

A Salutogenic Approach

Michaela Glöckler, MD

Softbound

$26.95

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How and when something is taught affects the student's disposition towards health or illness for life. The whole Waldorf curriculum is built on an understanding of the development and physiology of the child. … The healthy development of the physical body is the basis for a healthy unfolding of the soul-spiritual individuality of the child. Therefore it is of great importance that doctors and teachers work together.

- Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann

Dr. Glöckler has brought together for the first time in English research and insights into the relationship between how we educate children and the health they enjoy both as children and later as adults. This is a book to read deeply, to ponder over. The application of these insights in our teaching and working with children has the power to resonate far into the future, creating a healthier world as it does.

In addition to Dr. Glöckler's insights, Education as Preventative Medicine also includes contributions by:

Johannes Bockemühl, Ernst Bücher, Wolfgang Göbel, Wolfgang Kersten, Daniela Greif, Mariana Kayser-Springorum, Armin Husemann, Gisbrt Husemann, Helmut v. Kügelgen, Karl-Reinhard Kummer, Hans Müller-Wiedemann, and Maria Theresia Pehm.

A Healing Education

How Can Waldorf Education Meet the Needs of Children?

Michaela Glöckler, MD

Five Lectures

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$15.95

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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

Michael Luxford

$14.95

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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!).

Healing Sounds

Fundamentals of Chirophonetics

Alfred Baur

Hardbound, dustjacketed

$35.00

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Dr. Baur and his wife Dr. Ilse Baur developed Chirophonetics therapy in 1956. Since that time, Chirophonetics has been successfully used in remedial and educational work. It has shown outstanding results with the developmentally disabled, children with behavior difficulties, adults suffering from strokes, as well as children with speech and language difficulties. It has also supplemented and supported prescribed medicines in cases of chronic illness.

In Dr. Baur's experience, speech is more than a means of communication - each sound of spoken language has a life of its own, with qualities and properties of remarkable potential.

His years of research and treatment of communication disorders in both children and adults, coupled with in-depth studies of philology and Anthroposophy have given Dr. Baur a deep understanding of the creative power of the spoken word in all its manifestations.

Healing Sounds introduces the therapeutic approach of Chirophonetics, placing this approach in the hands of caregivers, healers and teachers. It is an outstanding resource and guide to a therapeutic modality that shows enormous promise in precisely the sorts of situations where many other approaches fail.