As It Is:

Understanding Children with Special Needs from a Buddhist and

Relationship Driven Perspective with Steinerian Therapeutic Arts 

Course details

Lecturers: Torey Hayden, Marianna Bauko, Kristin Powers, Ramila Rai

Dates

  • Module 1: 18 April - 29 April, 2022

  • Module 2: 8 August - 12 August, 2022

  • Module 3: 24 October – 4 November, 2022

  • Module 4: 6 – 10 February, 2023

Duration: 1 year, part-time course

Format: Live streaming

Language: All classes and instruction are in English

Commitment: attendance, class participation, completing assignments and reflective practice

Award: Abiding Heart Education™ Certificate in Understanding Children with Special needs

Fee: $495

Course Description

This course offers an understanding of children with special needs, drawing together the Buddhist view, current Western scientific thinking, experience, and the Steinerian therapeutic arts. Appropriate for teachers, parents and others with an interest in childhood differences, this course will offer a full overview of physical and psychological differences with an emphasis on practical application. Course design will include contemplative, experiential, and artistic components to provide a nourishing environment for learning.


The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, case study work, contemplation, discussion, meditation and healing through art and dance.


We highly recommend anyone intending to take this course to also complete our child development course, either before or after this course.

 

‘As It Is’ is a one-year part-time course and consists of 4 mandatory modules:

  • Module 1: Understanding - 2 weeks

  • Module 2: Strengthening - 1 week

  • Module 3: Supporting - 2 weeks 

  • Module 4: Nurturing - 1 week

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Module 1: Understanding

Dates: 18 April - 29 April 2022

Duration: 2 weeks

Description

 

The aim of module 1 is to provide an understanding of why inclusion of children with differences and disabilities is important. To do this, we will explore the Buddhist perspective, in particular the concept of karma and its role.  An overview of the variety of special needs will follow.  Lovingkindness and compassion meditation and contemplation will take place at regular intervals during the two weeks. Students will work with one or more

case studies.


There will be a session dedicated to exploring the Medicine Buddha in view, meditation and application.


In the art section of the course, we experience the themes developed in the lectures and meditation sessions through the Steinerian therapeutic arts and movement.

Module 2: Strengthening

Dates: 8 August - 12 August 2022

Duration: 1 week

 

Description:

 

The aim of Module 2 is to consolidate the knowledge gained from Module 1 through review and meditation.  We will then explore ways to identify strengths in children with special needs and how to modify everyday life to be more inclusive. Lovingkindness and compassion meditation and contemplation will take place at regular intervals during the week. Review and work with case studies will be included.

 

We will continue exploring and practicing the Medicine Buddha in view, meditation and application.

 

In the art section of the course, we continue to experience the themes developed in the lectures and meditation sessions through the Steinerian therapeutic arts and movement. 

Module 3: Supporting

Dates: 24 October – 4 November 2022

Duration: 2 weeks

 

Description:

 

The aim of Module 3 will be to provide ways of supporting children with special needs and those living and working with them when problems occur.  We will review the Buddhist perspective and karma and then go on to explore practical methods of behavior management and changes that are responsive to the children's differences. Time will also be given to classroom discussion of personal experiences in this area and troubleshooting. Lovingkindness and compassion meditation and contemplation will take place at regular intervals during the week.  Review and work with case studies will be included.


We will continue to deepen our practice of the Medicine Buddha meditation.


In the art section of the course, we continue to explore experientially the themes developed in the lectures and meditation sessions through the Steinerian therapeutic arts and movement.

 

Module 4: Nurturing

Dates: 6 – 10 February 2023

Duration: 1 week

 

Description:

 

The aim of Module 4 will be to synthesize the learning from the previous three modules with a emphasis on the role of relationships with and for children with special needs. We will explore strategies for strengthening relationships between the children and parents, teachers and peers. This will include teaching social skills, and dealing with negative issues such as bullying.  Lovingkindness and compassion meditation and contemplation will take place at regular intervals during the week. Review and work with case studies will be included.
 

We will continue to deepen our practice of the Medicine Buddha meditation.


In the art section of the course, we continue to explore experientially the themes developed in the lectures and meditation sessions through the Steinerian therapeutic arts and movement.

Daily class schedule: 4 hours and 30 minutes

Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

If you have any queries, please contact us at admissions@abidingheart.education.