Understanding Deeper Developmental Needs

Holistic Approaches for Challenging Behaviors in Children

Adam Blanning

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  • Advocates an observational approach to addressing children's challenging behaviour
  • Draws on Rudolf Steiner's framework of constitutional polarities to develop individualised therapies
  • Written by a hugely experienced pediatrician and educational consultant

Examines a powerful way of looking at children's challenging behaviour and assessing suitable therapies.

229 x 152 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Parenting & Child Health
524 pages
Publication date:
08 Feb 2018


How do we best help a child who is struggling? By learning to look carefully.

Children's challenging behaviour -- such as bullying, attention problems, anxiety, memory problems or sensory-seeking behaviour -- can often be related to a developmental issue, and the best way to understand the behaviour, argues Adam Blanning, is through close observation of the child. Watching how a child moves, listens, eats or sleeps can offer valuable insights into a child's experience of the world, and help tell the child's story.

This detailed book explores in depth the 'constitutional polarities' of children discussed by Rudolf Steiner, which in turn can lead to effective, individualised therapeutic approaches to challenging behaviour.

Teachers, counsellors and medical doctors will find tools in this book to enrich their work with children. The constitutional pictures are accompanied by diverse therapeutic indications that will help children into new growth and maturation, from the inside out.


Dr Adam Blanning studied medicine at the University of Colorado and in 2003 founded the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies where he works as a physician. He is the current President of the Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America, sits on the board of the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine, and teaches in its training courses.

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