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Karl König Archive Series

The First Three Years of the Child

Walking, Speaking, Thinking

Paperback
May 2001
9780863154522
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st May 2001
  • ISBN 9780863154522
  • Language English
  • Pages 138 pp.
$17.95

Karl König examines the first three years of the life of the child in relation to the three major achievements of that time: learning to walk, to speak, and to think.

These three basic faculties are what make us human, and their acquisition, König argues, is “an act of grace” in every child. He goes on to provide a detailed analysis of this extraordinarily complex process.

This new edition of a classic is a must-read for every new parent and early-childhood teacher.

Karl König

Karl König (1902–1966) was born in Vienna, in Austria-Hungary, the only son of a Jewish shoemaker. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1927, with a special interest in embryology. After graduating, he was invited by Ita Wegman to work in her Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institut, a clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland for people with special needs. He married Mathilde Maasberg in 1929. Dr. König was appointed paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom, where he worked until 1936, when he returned to Vienna and established a successful medical practice. Owing to Hitler's invasion of Austria, he was forced to flee Vienna to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1938. Dr. König was interned briefly at the beginning of World War II, but on his release in 1940 he set up the first Camphill Community for Children in Need of Special Care at Camphill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. From the mid-1950s, König began more communities, including one in North Yorkshire, the first to care for those beyond school age with special needs. In 1964, König moved to Brachenreuthe near Überlingen on Lake Constance, Germany, where he set up another community, where he died in 1966.