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Curative Education and Social Therapy

Anthroposophical curative education and social therapy centres offer educational, early learning, work and residential opportunities for children, young people and adults with a wide range of disabilities and developmental problems.

The work with children and young people is called "curative education" in anthroposophical centres. Education at school or learning opportunities in kindergarden combine with specific therapies and usually also medical care provision in a total concept to stimulate a child?s development and provide maximum support. Methods developed in anthroposophy are specifically used, such as Waldorf education, a range of therapies such as eurythmy therapy, and anthroposophical medicine. Curative education will as a rule prove particularly fruitful if the parents of the children and young people with disabilities are closely involved in the collaboration.

"Social therapy" is the term used for work with adults. Here it is above all a matter of creating social situations that will enable people with disabilities to have maximum independence and self determination. Suitable work and types of residential accommodation and social and cultural opportunities both outside and in the centres help to create a life situation where the individual is encouraged to develop further, yet also enjoys the necessary security.

Anthroposophical curative education and social therapy centres are privately maintained as a rule. The work is in almost all countries supported and financed on the basis of social legislation.

Camphill Communities

Camphill is the name given to the movement of international therapeutic communities founded by Dr Karl König, an eminent Viennese paediatrician. Along with a group of people he established, in 1940, the first community with children with special needs in Camphill House near Aberdeen, Scotland. A Camphill community is created by a group of people who live, learn and work together according to Christian ideals and deriving inspiration from the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. The co-workers and those with special needs who come to communities live together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

There are over 90 communities in some 20 countries of the world. 47 of the communities are in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Some communities are in, or on the outskirts of, towns or cities while others are in the countryside.

Rudolf Steiner

"I can help my brother

only if I see the helper in him,

[and] the receiver of help in me. "

- Dr. Karl Konig