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Feeling real: 'It's like putting my hand through a wall into another world': Helping an 'unreachable' and 'uneducable' boy with autism develop a sense of self through drawing on different ways of knowing: A holistic relational approach

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By Leigh Burrows

Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-921214-92-9
Pages: 250
Imprint: Post Pressed


Leigh has worked in a variety of roles in the areas of domestic violence, Steiner education, special education, learning and behavior supports and student wellbeing. She is currently working as a lecturer in the School of Education, as well as providing consultancy advice to government departments in relation to vulnerable young people and families and counselling support to young people experiencing school-related difficulties.


‘This study has much to say about the nature of education and schooling in the 21st century’.... (the author) ‘has made a huge and brave commitment to working in the most difficult of cases ... the underlying principle of the research as intervention is that it places as central the relationship between professionals and their clients.’

Professor Tom Billington
Professor of Educational and Child Psychology, Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Families and Learning Communities Sheffield University.
Tom has specialized in researching individual case work with children and young people, their families and schools using narrative and psychodynamic methodologies. Tom has for many years sought to inform the development of practitioner assessments and interventions which are both ethical and effective through expanding the base of research evidence beyond reductionist psychopathologies.

‘profoundly inspirational’.... ‘a rare synthesis of academic rigour and popular accessibility’....’provides a defensible and thorough critical analysis of the problem of mainstreaming children who are different’.... ‘a promising pathway that provides hope to many children and parents who do not respond positively to mainstream cognitive behaviouristic education models.’

Dr Patricia Sherwood
Dr Patricia Sherwood is adjunct researcher at Edith Cowan University in Australia, where she has lectured for twenty years in social work, psychology, social science, and special education, and is director of Sophia College of counseling, which provides training awards in anthroposophically based counseling diplomas. She frequently lectures at conferences on community, government, and professional mental health, based on the anthroposophic model of counseling documented in her book Holistic Counselling: a New Vision for Mental Health.

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