Originally Posted by orangewallflower
Part of the problem I see with the comment that you are referring to is the use of a scientific term rather than a spiritual one. I think that in Waldorf terms an early reader is "astral." I would much prefer this language so that it is clear that this comes from a body of spiritual work, and not a body of scientific research or social scientific research that we assume with the term "sensory integration."
But, but, but... I wasn't coming to this from a Waldorf perspective. Most definitely not a spiritual perspective! I haven't even heard of the term "astral" applied to an early reader, and frankly, it sounds like nonsense to me! (I can kind of see where it's coming from, I do have some understanding of what 'astral' generally means; but it still sounds like nonsense.) So for this reasons, I'd never use such language.
I was coming from my understand of sensory integration, which largely comes from non-Waldorf sources: the HANDLE institute, the Enki guides, the aforementioned "Sensory integration and the child", other books and articles on the topic, my work with a child with SID, my work with the child's OT, years of living with my husband who has Aspergers and SI issues, my own experience of having them... Not exactly a scientific body of knowledge, but definitely not a spiritual perspective.
I can see how the spiritual Waldorf perspective fits into all this, mind you, but to be honest I am very uncomfortable with the way Waldorf inserts ideas about the spiritual everywhere, even when it doesn't understand what it is talking about. I have heard very many people use karma, for example, as a cheap excuse or an easy explanation for everything under the sun. Total nonsense, and awfully annoying, potentially harmful nonsense too.
It's not that I never think of things from a spiritual perspective, I often do, but I strive to only do it when I have an inner sense, and understanding of what I'm talking about. Frankly, very often people don't. They talk about what Steiner thought, saw, understood and experienced; not what they think, see, understand and experience. It drives me crazy.
|I don't think that Waldorf educators (least of all Dimitra!) are intentionally misleading us when they use mainstream terms...
I don't think I was misleading anyone, because I was using "mainstream" terms to talk about a fairly "mainstream" thing. As I said, my ideas about early reading have little to do with Waldorf, and a lot to do with coming from another culture, and studying SI.
By the way, I haven't forgotten your question about what parents should be told... I'm just thinking about it.