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Autism and Understanding


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Early Days 1968-1972 School Years 1972-1987 College Years, UK and Israel 1987-1998 Work and Marriage 1998-2011 The Waldon Theory of Child Development and the Waldon Approach Centres Influenced by Geoffrey Waldon Case Studies of Children on the Autistic Spectrum Not Only for Autism - More Case Studies Functional Reading: A Special Orientation of the Approach


'Dr Waldon offered hope to parents, not only changing lives but also often saving lives. The book is a worthy tribute to how Dr Waldon dediated his life to helping children and their families'
-Saira Pester, Special Children

'A regular one hour lesson using the Waldon Approach can have a significant and lasting impact. It is refreshingly low-tech, and complements and reinforces the student's learning and activities throughout the rest of their day. But, most important, it provides a framework for understanding how children learn and how children who have difficulties might be helped'
-Peter Bowker, Teacher of the Waldon Approach

'Geoffrey's theories were about development and learning and they were applicable to everyone at every stage of life. Although his ideas were actually far broader, he became identified with learning disabilities and with autism. But anyone, from any culture or of any age, could benefit'
-John Gooding Teacher of the Waldon Approach

'Author Walter Solomon is a father

inspired to write about his son and the

educational programme which the

author feels was crucial to his son

overturning the experts' expectations to

become an employed, happily married

man...He puts his case convincingly,

leading you into an understanding of the

method, rather than trying to define it up

front.This is a book I am going to treasure'
- Communication

'This is an important book for mental health professionals about the Waldon approach to child development, and based originally on the author's experience with his son...This is clearly a philosophy that deserves to be more widely known, and the author has done a fine job in this respect'
-David Lorimer, SCI-MED Network News

'It is meant to be, and succeeds in being, accessible to parents and teachers...It is a fascinating and highly readable publication' -- Aspect * Aspect *
The book is easy to read and is often written as a dialoguebetween people discussing an experience or teachers andother professionals retelling a case study and the progressthose children made. There is an extensive bibliographythat has been personally selected by the author andsorted into books on autism, child development,neuroscience and movement. However, I question theauthor's opinion that autism is not a lifelong conditionand that the Waldon Approach can be used at any age inany culture.This book would be informative for teachers and otherprofessionals who work with autistic children that maybe further along on the spectrum, although it may havelimited application for the specialist literacy teacher. -- Siobhan Smillie, specialist teacher and parent of a child with Asperger's Syndrome
"The authors of this book should be congratulated for producing a useful resource that explains the journey of one family through the maze of explores most of the important issues of autism in an accessible and jargon-free way. It also gives the reader access to a website with relevant videos, podcasts, forums and other valuable materials."
-Mike Gibbs, Keele University -- Mike Gibbs * Learning Disability Practice Volume 16 Number 1 *

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