The Background to Anthroposophical Therapeutic Speech

Edited by Dietrich von Bonin; Translated by David Macgregor

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  • A comprehensive overview of the development of speech therapy with biographies, exercises and essays
  • For the first time Rudolf Steiner's therapeutic speech exercises are published together
  • Includes a never-before published exercise

A comprehensive overview of the pioneering time of therapeutic speech, including biographies, speech exercises and background essays.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Holistic Health
4 b/w illus
Age Range:
to 3 years
256 pages
Publication date:
24 May 2012


Rudolf and Marie Steiner developed speech exercises in the early 1920s. This book is a comprehensive overview of the pioneering time of anthroposophical speech therapy, as well as descriptions of specific exercises and background essays on creative speech. For the first time, Rudolf Steiner's therapeutic speech exercises are published all together, with a commentary (one of the exercises has never been published before).

The book includes a biography of Martha Hemsoth, the first speech therapist at the Clinical Therapeutic Institute in Arlesheim (later the Ita Wegman Clinic), and biographies of Dora Gutbrod, Hilde Jori, as well as contributions by Ida Rüchardt and Ilse Schuckmann. There is also a review of the work of physicians in the last thirty years.


'It's a great step to have a publication dealing with this little understood and under appreciated work which hopefully will make it more accessible to others outside the field ... this book also provides a stimulus and inspiration to present and future specialists in the field.'
-- New View


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.


Also by Dietrich von Bonin:
Anthroposophical Therapeutic Speech

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