“This book describes an essential insight, namely that the core or the individual ‘I’ of those with a mental health issue or a learning disability is always healthy.”
This groundbreaking study describes six constitutional types or syndromes that occur in children and adults with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders such as autism, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as neurological conditions such as epilepsy. The descriptions of these constitutional pictures are the result of complementary scientific research based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner.
In contemporary medicine, the source of behavioral problems and learning disabilities is thought to derive from a combination of genetic and environmental factors that affect the human brain. The author expands on this knowledge, asking a vital question” What actually underlies these disorders at a deeper level? The answer leads to better a understanding, fresh perspectives, and new therapeutic methodologies.
The author offers comprehensive descriptions of each constitution, including symptoms, causes, interpretations, treatments, approaches, and therapies. These aspects are described in accessible, practical, and concrete language with examples and illustrations, including analyses of color drawings by patients.
In addition, the author points to diagnostic methods and the relationship of the six constitutional types with conventionally defined syndromes. Several training exercises for educators, support workers, and care providers offer further insight into the constitutional images described.
Written by a highly experienced educator of children with special needs, this book is intended for teachers, counsellors, and concerned parents.
Geertje Post Uiterweer worked for forty years as a group leader, trainer, educator, and teacher for children with special needs and behavioural disorders, including at the Zonnehuizen in Zeist, Netherlands, an institution for children with complex needs. She currently works as a freelance teacher, team trainer, and consultant.