- Are you a teacher frustrated by a lack of understanding to help the children in your classroom?
- Are you looking for ways to bring peace and understanding to your students?
- Are you a physician whose patients are coming to you looking for answers to help their child in school?
- Are you a parent who starts each day trying to support your child’s special needs, while looking for ways to help them heal and overcome their challenges?
You are not alone.
As a mother with a child that exhibits developmental differences and also what some might consider gifted, I read the lectures on curative education in search of answers. The forward-thinking philosopher, Rudolf Steiner would not write about autism, sensory processing disorder, or ADHD, but he instead gave indications of ways to bring ourselves and the children we care for to a new place of understanding.
The lectures and books on Curative Education helped me find other people that were struggling with these differences in children, but I still did not have a road map. I needed a way to implement the ideas.
What is Curative Education?
In a series of twelve lectures for doctors and teachers, Rudolf Steiner spoke about a deepening of Waldorf Education that he termed Curative Education. A process of understanding normal development and the need to move beyond symptoms. Karl Konig would further expand the practice of Curative Education with his Camphill Communities with social therapy in residential settings.
In April 2018, the Centers for Disease Control issued a finding that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. That is the children who are actually diagnosed and does not include children with the symptoms of ADHD or sensory processing disorder. This means that for every class of twenty-two students, a teacher could have as many as six children with needs for accommodation.
The majority of children in today’s schools do not need a residential program, but rather trained teachers with a special understanding of a deepened Waldorf Education Practice. A practice that can be implemented in any educational setting. A place for children with challenges and unusual gifts to grow. An empathy, sensory-based practice that leads the teacher, physician, or parent through a deeper understanding of child development and how to create a road map to move forward.
What is a Waldorf Practice?
Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna’s twenty-year journey with autism has helped her discover practices that will help ALL children. Her recent book with Michael Kokinos, Autism: Meet Me Who I Am allows us an insider view of their journey with the children in India. Together, with Katherine G. Lehman, a veteran Waldorf Educator, literacy, and curriculum specialist, they are bringing the process of healing to education. A process they call Waldorf Practice.
“The time has come for us to put our hearts and heads together to understand what’s next for these children.” Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna
How Can a Waldorf Practice Improve Your Work with Children?
A Waldorf practice allows you to develop a deeper understanding of child development, learn ways to bring these methods into your work, and create action plans in your work with children no matter their abilities. Together we can change the future of these children and in doing so change ourselves.