Anthroposophical Therapeutic Speech

Barbara Denjean-von Stryk and Dietrich von Bonin; Translated by Marianne Krampe

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Written for speech therapists and doctors, this book gives a precise, practical summary of anthroposophical therapeutic speech.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Holistic Health
15 diagrams and illustrations
192 pages
Publication date:
11 Dec 2003


Written for speech therapists and doctors, this book gives a precise, practical summary of anthroposophical therapeutic speech.

Speech formation, or creative speech, is based on the ancient art of recitation and drama, and was revived and fundamentally redeveloped by Rudolf and Marie Steiner in the early 1920s.

The therapeutic work is based on speech exercises and indications on how to use them, which were given by Rudolf Steiner.

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations of Therapeutic Speech
1. Historical Development
2. The Significance of Air
3. Speech as Formed Exhalation
4. Artistic Means
4.1 The Consonants
4.2 The Vowels
4.3 Sound -- Syllable -- Word -- Sentence -- Gesture
5. Relationship Between the Artistic Means and the Human Being
5.1 The Human Being and the Consonants
5.2 The Human Being and his Voice
5.3 The Breathing Human Being
6. "Knowledge of the Human Being" with Regard to Speech
6.1 The Threefold Human Being
6.2 The Bodily Members and their Involvement in the Speech Process
6.3 Five Effects of Speech Development
6.4 Speech and its Relation to Other Arts
6.5 Therapeutic Speech and Eurythmy Therapy
Part Two: The Practice of Therapeutic Speech
7. General Diagnosis in Therapeutic Speech
7.1 Diagnosis According to Stance, Breath, Voice, Articulation and Thinking
8. Aspects of Therapy
8.1 Cause and Cure of Illness
8.2 Speech Formation as a Path of Practice
8.3 The Specific Therapeutic Approach
8.4 Additional Therapeutic Speech Elements
9. Neurasthenia and Hysteria: A Medical-Artistic Comparison
9.1 The Medical Perspective
9.2 The Artistic Perpective
9.3 Recitation and Declamation
9.4 The Therapeutic Ideal
9.5 Characteristics of Both Types of Constitution in Speech Diagnosis
10. Observations of Some Illnesses with Case Examples
10.1 Asthma and Depression -- A Comparative Breathing Study
10.2 Eating Disorders -- The Soul's Refusal to Breathe its way down into the Body
10.3 Iron Deficiency Anaemia and Speech Processes
10.4 Tinnitus -- The Hearing Activity Turned Inside Out
11. Further Case Examples
12. Typical Speech Disorders, their Assignment to the Articulation Regions and Therapy
12.1 Labial (Lip) Region
12.2 Dental (Tongue/Teeth) Region
12.3 Velar (Palate) Region
12.4 Voice and Breath
13. Processes of Development
13.1 Process Description of a Course of Therapy in Seven Steps of Development
13.2 The Schooling Path of the Therapeutic Speech Practitioner


Barbara Denjean-von Stryk studied anthroposophical speech formation in England, in Germany, and under Christa Slezak-Schindler. She teaches speech formation in Germany and Switzerland, and has a practice for therapeutic speech. She is the mother of three children.

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.


The Assessment Form found on pages 179-183 of this book is available to view or download for free in PDF format. Click here for more information.

Also of interest to medical professionals:
Biographical Work
Foundations of Anthroposophical Medicine
Foundations of Curative Eurythmy
Light, Darkness and Colour in Painting Therapy

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