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Special Needs

"The Extra Lesson™" was originally developed by Audrey McAllen in the UK and is based on the holistic developmental perspective of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy of education." Ms. McAllen is the matriarch of Waldorf's approach to special needs. There is also an Extra Lesson FAQ.

"With the help of imaginative pictures, eurythmy movements and meaningful activity, the child's will is persuaded really to penetrate into the total movement system. Then in sleep, the soul's ego-will awakens fully in the spiritual environment of the earth and works back healthfully on to the body to unite it's inner spiritual movements with the archetypal movements of the spiritual sheaths of the Being of the Earth."

McAllen, Audrey. Sleep

Not all Waldorf schools are equipped to handle children with special needs. For example, there is a post on the Waldorf SJU list

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