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Anthroposophic Medicine & Therapy Guides Series

The Background to Anthroposophical Therapeutic Speech

July 2012
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    20th July 2012
  • ISBN 9780863158766
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"

Rudolf and Marie Steiner developed speech exercises in the early 1920s. This book is a comprehensive overview of the pioneering time of anthroposophic speech therapy, as well as descriptions of specific exercises and background essays on creative speech. For the first time, Rudolf Steiner's therapeutic speech exercises are published all together, with a commentary (one of the exercises has never been published before).

The book includes a biography of Martha Hemsoth, the first speech therapist at the Clinical Therapeutic Institute in Arlesheim (later the Ita Wegman Clinic), as well as biographies of Dora Gutbrod, Hilde Jori, Ida Rüchardt, and Ilse Schuckmann. There is also a review of the work of physicians in the last thirty years.

“It's a great step to have a publication dealing with this little understood and underappreciated work, which hopefully will make it more accessible to others outside the field...this book also provides a stimulus and inspiration to present and future specialists in the field.”

—New View

Dietrich von Bonin

Dietrich von Bonin works as an art therapist in Bern, Switzerland. He teaches therapeutic speech in Dornach, Switzerland, and at the Artemis School of Speech and Drama in East Grinstead, Sussex.