"Learning to learn" with the Waldon Method

Do you worry because

  • Your child doesn't talk, doesn't play, has little interest in interaction or in exploring his environment?
  • Your child refuses all your offers to play together and you feel you can't really teach him anything?
  • Wondering how your child can learn if all they do is bounce up and down, run back and forth, or passively squat in front of a screen?

ATTENTION! The next WALDON WORKSHOP will take place on Friday 25.11.2022 in Munich/ Germany.

The Waldon Approach: Learning to Learn

The Waldon approach is a special method developed by child neurologist Geoffrey Walden in the 1970s to help children with various learning difficulties. It provides us with valuable approaches to engage and motivate the child. The Waldon Method is especially effective when introduced early, so that this way of learning becomes part of the everyday routine of play. 

Skills to learn learning:

The focus of the Waldon Method is to foster and develop the skills of 'learning to learn':

  1. make an effort and make an effort
  2. stay focused
  3. stay tuned with interest in an activity

Non-verbal skills must be learned FIRST

What is special about the 'learning to learn' approach is that it is non-verbal, - because that is how young children learn in order to develop their early mental capacities. They learn only through their own movements and physical experiences. Not through language. That comes later. Verbal speech develops from the primary understanding that the child has acquired for himself and actively in dealing with his environment. Without this fundamental understanding of 'this is how it works', both of his own body and of the world of objects, no meaningful language is possible.


For anyone interested in learning more about the Waldon Method, Merete Hawkins' book is helpful, both to better understand this little-known approach and to be able to put it into practice with children with experienced guidance

The 'Learn to Learn' Hour

In a 'learning to learn' lesson, the adult prepares activities that resemble a child's early learning situation, guiding the child through the movements and directing the child to handle and play with the objects.

The child learns to focus and engage in these play sequences by means of activities and play materials that can be easily adapted to the child's particular stage of development and progress.

Workshop: 'Learning to Learn' WALDON Method for beginners and for advanced

In this workshop you will learn:

  1. Why putting in and taking out are so important
  2. How children learn (only) by doing (learning by doing)
  3. Assess the mental and movement milestones of the first years of life.
  4. Main features of the 'learning to learn' approach
  5. How to plan activities for a child at home
  6. Ideas for suitable activities and play materials
  7. How to deal with challenging behaviors


The Waldon Method is a theory about the most basic elements of human learning and development, about how understanding occurs and how a child learns to understand. How we learn to adapt and survive. The educational application of these ideas is called the Waldon approach and can be used in many different settings, with people of all ages and abilities. It is most often used by parents, ... read more here: The Waldon Association, UK


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