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Waldon Teaches

Bishopswood School June 2013

Schools in Oxfordshire

Young Adult


Teaching aids


About Geoffrey Waldon


Sorting and matching

Waldon's Book (early draft)

Walter Solomon

Chris Holland

Mary Jo Middleton

With a foreward by
Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen

Chapter abstracts

Author's preface

1st two pages

Child development



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This page starts with a video from the Waldon Association Exhibition in Leeds 2009/10 showing typical child development, filmed by Ann Clarke, with notes on Speech and Language development by Terry Buchan (Co-Directors, The Waldon Association). The short clips from old videos of Geoffrey Waldon and are cut in ways which illustrate the different learning-how-to-learn-tools and their precursors and show how children with developmental delay are helped to fill gaps in their understanding through the Waldon lesson.

The quality of the videos reflects the time of their creation, often over 20 years ago and originally on VHS. But the content is priceless. The videos are largely silent but each has an explanation below.

The exercises seem simple, and to the uneducated eye it is really hard to understand how they can lead to a growth of understanding. The short explanations attempt to point out what is really going on beneath the simplicity of the actions. This is explained in depth in chapters five and six of Autism and Understanding (SAGE 2012), Walter Solomon et al.

The longer films are of Walter working in a school in the UK. They are for parents and teachers who are using or planning to use the Waldon Approach, and by watching and absorbing the films they will develop the breadth and depth of their own teaching skills. Most of the teaching aids used in the films are available from the on-line shop on this website. The parents have all given permission for these films to be used for educational purposes on the website.

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Men in boats with Carol
1. Men in boats with Carol
2. Picking up and putting in with Carol
Men in boats with David
3. Men in boats - methinks David protests too much
4. More bricks and fewer protests from David
5. Effortful and continuous behaviour
6. Matching objects with Carol
7. David pairs to an asking hand
Sorting with Carol
8. Sorting with Carol
9. Sorting with David
10. Rings and pegs with David
Rings and pegs with Carol
11. Rings and pegs and Carol
12. Sorting on three boards with David
Matching using an H-Board with Carol
13. Matching using an H-Board with Carol
14. Matching on H-Boards with David
Carol posts counters
15. Carol posts counters
16. David posts counters
Carol makes marks
17. Carol makes marks
18. David works with construction bricks
19. David works with a constructional toy
20. A simple task made effortful holds David's attention
21. David bangs
22. Use of spoon and fork
23. Use of tongs