Therapeutic Eurythmy for Children is a collection of exercises gathered by Anne-Maidlin Vogel from 1968 until 1998. Many arose from lectures the author attended, given by experienced therapeutic eurythmists—especially Trude Thetter and Ilse Rolofs, as well as medical doctors and colleagues. Much of the material she used in her own therapy lessons with patients, with some of the exercises created from her own work with children for over thirty years.
As a form of movement therapy, eurythmy has been very effective in treating physical and mental developmental disorders. This book is a rich source of information for professional eurythmy therapists, physicians, and teachers of children up to fifteen years of age. Therapeutic Eurythmy for Children provides not only examples for exercises, but also offers useful references for personal development and additional training for therapists.
Included here are eurythmy therapy exercises to be performed with premature infants, babies, and young children up to the age of four. Although based firmly on Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science and his general recommendations for eurythmy, anyone can follow the descriptions and sketches for individual exercises, which are based on healthy movement of the developing human organism.
Speech eurythmy exercises (specific spoken sounds and sequences) are included for postural problems, enuresis, lack of concentration, and more. These encourage readers to study the principles behind the practice of eurythmy performance and eurythmy therapy.
Therapeutic Eurythmy for Children offers inspiration and enrichment to therapists, provides a way toward more holistic pediatrics, gives teachers a better understanding of how to approach their students through movement, and encourages parents toward a more effective, holistic approach to children’s overall health and development.
C O N T E N T S:
THE FIRST FOURTEEN YEARS OF THE CHILD’S LIFE
1. Therapeutic Eurythmy for Babies
2. The First Seven Years
3. Children in Their Ninth Year
4. Children in Their Twelfth Year
5. Children in Their Fourteenth Year
6. Hyperactive Children
8. Rocking or Swaying To and Fro
9. Children Damaged due to Environmental Conditions
11. Learning Difficulties, Especially Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
13. The Formation of the Teeth
16. Sexually Abused Children
Original Verses and Poems
About the Coming Generation
“You, too, Uncle Lou” — Anne Maidlin and Norman Francis Vogel
About the Author
Anne-Maidlin Vogel (d.1999) became one of the three leading teachers of the Therapeutic Eurythmy Training at Peredur, East Grinstead, England. She was active there for fourteen years, training more than 500 eurythmists from from 1984 until 1998. Her love and joy for all her patients, especially children, made her a very popular therapeutic eurythmist in America, Austria, and England.
Dr. Michaela Glöckler has been Leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland since 1988. She attended the Waldorf School in Stuttgart, then studied German language, literature, and history in Freiburg and Heidelberg. She studied medicine in Tübingen and Marburg and trained as a pediatrician at the community hospital in Herdecke and at the Bochum University Pediatric Clinic. Until 1988 she was a colleague in the children’s outpatient clinic at the Community Hospital in Herdecke and served as school doctor for the Rudolf Steiner School in Witten, Germany. Michaela has many publications in German, many of which have been published in English.