Four Noble Truths of Resilience

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents and Caregivers
With Ann Swain, Director, Align for Learning, London, England MA Ed. Neuroscience, Lic INPP, BS Music Therapy

August 10, 2019  9:00am – 3:00pm


Golden Valley River School
9601 Lake Natoma Drive, Orangevale, CA

How does Waldorf Education Confirm and Support Healthy Neurological Development

  • Explore sensory and motor development in typical and atypically developing child
  • Neuro-development journey from imitative infant to independent adolescent
  • Transformation of primitive into postural reflexes Birth to Three
  • Learn a Movement Journey Circle
  • How to best guide and foster processes in Nature’s plan for individual development

Ann Swain, MA Ed. Neuroscience, Lic INPP, BS Music Therapy, is Director of Align for Learning, London, England. After graduating in the late 70s from Green Meadow Waldorf School in New York, Ann trained as a music therapist at Indiana University and did her internship in a psychiatric hospital with children and adolescents. She then went on to study Waldorf Education at Emerson College, Sussex. She took over a class at the Waldorf School of South West London and also worked as administrator in that school for 5 years. It was during this time that she trained as a Waldorf “Remedial” teacher with Rosemary Gebert at Michael Hall.

Ann took up a post as Learning Support teacher at Michael Hall where she worked for 18 years., developing screening and assessment protocols and teaching children and adolescents with special educational needs. During those years she did the Bothmer Movement training with Martin Baker at Michael Hall, the INPP Reflex Integration training in Chester with Peter and Sally Blythe, as well as the Johansen Sound Therapy with Kjeld Johansen.

Just recently she completed a Masters degree in Educational Neuroscience at University of London, focusing on the human mirror neuron system and the default mode network. Her particular professional interests involve movement development in atypical learners, sensory integration and above all – excellent delivery of Steiner Education to all learners. As part of SWASEND she consults to Steiner Waldorf Schools in the UK.

Ann is a founding member and co-director of SWASEND (previously SWDA), director of Align for Learning SEN training seminar and is SENCo at the Norwich Steiner School.

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