Learning to learn:

The Waldon Approach

Are you worried because

  • your child does not talk, play, interact or explore the world around him?
  • your child rejects all your offers to play with him and your feel that you can’t teach him anything?
  • you wonder, how your child can learn, if all he does all day is run or jump or climb? 


Next WALDON WORKSHOP: Friday,  9.7.2021 in Munich/ Germany.


The Waldon Approach: Learning-to-learn

The Waldon Approach is a unique method that was developed by the pediatric neurologist Geoffrey Walden to help children with various learning difficulties. It offers an effective tool to engage and motivate the children. It is especially powerful, if introduced early on whilst the child is still young, so this way of learning becomes part of their regular play routine.

Learning-to-learn Skills:

The focus of the Waldon approach is on developing the ‘learning to learn’ skills:

  1. being effortful
  2. staying focused
  3. sustaining interest in activities

Non-verbal Skills must be learnt FIRST

What is unique about the Learning to Learn Approach is that it is non-verbal, – because this is how young children acquire their early mental capacities. A child learns through their own bodily movements and sensory experiences. Not through teaching or spoken language. That comes later. 

How verbal Language develops

Speech and verbal language develop out of the primary understanding, that a child has discovered through their own active exploration with the world around him. Without this fundamental understanding of ‘Ah, this is how it works!’ through his own body with the world of objects and external reality, meaningful speech and language does not develop.

Learning to Learn MANUAL

If you want to find out more about the Waldon Method, then this book by Merete Hawkins will help you to understand this important approach and to provide you with practical guidance to put it into practice with your child.

Learning-to-learn Session

In a Learning to Learn Session, the adult sets up the activities that simulate the early learning environment, and directs the child through movements, guiding the child to handle and play with the objects.

The child learns to become engrossed and focussed in their play, using activities which can be easily adapted and changed to match the child’s level of development.

Find out more

The Waldon Association, UK: Waldon is a theory about the most basic elements of human learning and development; about the growth of understanding in the individual. How we learn to adapt, and to survive. The application of these ideas in education is called the Waldon Approach and it can be used in any setting, with any age or level of ability. It is most frequently used by parents, carers and … read more here: Waldon Association UK

VIDEOS von Geoffrey Waldon in Waldonstunden mit Kindern, u.a. http://waldonapproach.org/videos-waldon-approach/


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