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Autism and Understanding

Autism and Understanding
The Waldon Approach to Child Development

First Edition


June 2012 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book does not offer a 'miracle cure' for autism, although the authors aim to counteract the prevailing view that autism is a lifetime condition. Authors Walter Solomon, Chris Holland and Mary Jo Middleton demonstrate that with the appropriate intervention, children with autism – and other special needs – can gain a fuller understanding of the world and learn to take a constructive and contributing place in it.

The authors set out an approach based on Dr. Geoffrey Waldon's philosophy of the development of understanding, which centers on helping children learn how to learn. The Waldon Approach is presented through accounts of how it has helped to enrich many lives.

The book includes:

  • The inspirational story of the author's son, diagnosed at two with autism
  • An introduction to Geoffrey Waldon's theory and working methods
  • Testimony from parents, covering autism and a range of learning difficulties

Teachers, therapists, doctors, parents and special interest groups will find this book an important and transformational read.

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