The Well Balanced Child

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The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning

“The Well Balanced Child is a thought-provoking and helpful book that makes a vital contribution to understanding child development. I would recommend it to all parents, teachers, and child healthcare professionals.” —Ewout Van-Manen, Waldorf educator, Michael Hall School, UK

Children of today are more sedentary than any previous generation. Traditional outdoor games—running and jumping, hopscotch, tree climbing, playing on playground equipment—are being abandoned in favor of television, computers, and electronic games. As a result, there is unprecedented concern over the rising levels of childhood obesity and even heart disease.

Deprived of the crucial opportunities for exercising the body and the senses that prepare the brain for learning in the early years, many children are literally unfit to begin the learning process. – The Well Balanced Child is a passionate manifesto for a whole-body approach to learning, which integrates the brain, senses, movement, and play.

This practical, inspirational resource will help parents and educators to understand:

  • why movement matters
  • how music helps brain development
  • the role of nutrition, the brain and child growth
  • how to help children with learning and behaviour problems
  • Early Morning by the Pond – exercises and movements with children

About the Author

Sally Goddard Blythe is the author of seven books on variou8s aspects of child development. Her professional life has been dedicated to investigating and remediating underlying physical factors in children presenting with specific learning difficulties and adults suffering from anxiety and panic disorder. Although closely linked to The INPP Method, of which she is currently the international director, her interest in a physical basis for learning and emotional difficulties stems from a broad based education, which began with an interest in the arts and moved over to the sciences. Informed by the many children she has worked with in a practice spanning three decades, she has lectured in many different parts of the world and continues to provide training in The INPP Method to students from all over the world.

Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.6 × 8.5 in




November 2005






Hawthorn Press


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