If you want to educate others, you yourself need to be educated. If you want to have any kind of influence on young people, you yourself need to stay young and continuously work on yourself.


Simon Gfeller, Swiss teacher and author (1868 - 1943)


Title: WECAN Early Childhood February Conferences 2018
Start date: 09.02.2018
End date:  - 11.02.2018
Organizer: WECAN
Location: Spring Valley, NY

The Development of Speech and the Human Encounter

February 9-11, Spring Valley, NY
February 16-19, Whidbey Island, WA

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna and Michael Kokinos

Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna is a pediatrician with a specialty in neonatology and a special interest in autism. She directed a neonatal intensive care unit for 15 years and now runs a curative center for special needs children in Hyderabad, South India. Co-founder and president of the Anthroposophical Medical Society in India, she has worked extensively in India and Australia as a lecturer and health educator, particularly within school communities.

Michael Kokinos is a physiotherapist with a clinical practice in Australia, Blue Sky Therapies, specializing in craniosacral work. He has worked extensively on innovative health care projects with government and Aboriginal leaders in the remote North of Australia, and visits India regularly, mainly to support families of autistic children and conduct joint workshops with Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna for therapists, special educators and parents.

Study Material: We invite you and your colleagues to take up a study in preparation for the conference. We recommend the following:
The Waking of the Human Soul and the Forming of Destiny, by Rudolf Steiner
Childhood Falls Silent – The Loss of Speech and How We Need to Foster Speaking and Communication in the Electronic Age (WECAN Books)
The Creative Word – The Young Child’s Experience of Language and Stories- Daniel Udo de Haes (WECAN Books)
The First Three Years of the Child: Walking, Speaking, Thinking, Karl König (Steiner Books)

Further information will be on the WECAN website soon or contact conference@waldorfearlychildhood.org for the East Coast Conference and nwconference@waldorfearlychildhood.org for the Northwest Conference.



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