The Child with Special Needs

Letters and Essays on Curative Education

Karl König; Edited by Peter Selg

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A collection of Karl König's letters and essays in which he considers and discusses the fundamentals of special needs education.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Karl König Archive; Parenting & Child Health
224 pages
Publication date:
23 Jul 2009
Karl König Archive


Karl König, the founder of Camphill, was a prolific lecturer and writer on a wide range of subjects from anthroposophy and Christology through social questions and curative education to science and history. The Karl König Archive are working on a programme of publishing these works over the coming years. This is the fourth book to be published in the series.

In this remarkable collection of Karl König's letters and essays, König considers and discusses the fundamentals of special needs education.

He shows that there are three core aspects to a successful holistic education and healing approach: firstly, a positive social environment, which in the context of Camphill is achieved through small family units of carers and children; secondly, that carers' work is based on an insightful understanding of the nature and potential of each individual child and disability; and thirdly that medical treatment is imbued with courage to keep believing that the impossible is possible.


Karl König (1902-66) was well-known as a physician, author and lecturer. He began his work at the Institute of Embryology at the University of Vienna. In 1940 he founded the Camphill Movement in Scotland. Based on Rudolf Steiner's insights into human development, the special education schools for children and villages for adults with special needs are now established in many parts of the world.


See a full list of the books in the Karl König Archive series

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