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Are you a Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist or other Professional interested in students with learning and behavioural challenges? If so, you may be interested in further training to have a broader understanding of the relationship between a child’s early development and learning and to learn an approach to assist the student so they can learn and function in a way consistent with their ability and potential. Extra Lesson™ is a complimentary training for professionals in this field because it provides a way to understand and bring about change for the students that do the program. It is a dynamic area to work in and a worthwhile path to for further learning.

The Extra Lesson Institute Pty Ltd.

The Extra Lesson™ Training Course is a part-time course over a three year period for teachers and other professionals who are interested in working with children with learning and/or behavioural difficulties.

The Extra Lesson™ Training Course is based on The Extra Lesson™, which was developed by Audrey McAllen in England from the holistic developmental perspective of Rudolf Steiner’s education of the child. The child’s early development lays the foundation for later learning and behaviour. The Extra Lesson™ has been further developed in Australia to include recent research in the areas of learning difficulties and behavioural disorders to maintain the professional standards required for work in this area.

The course runs over 6 semesters. In each semester there is an intensive 5-6 day intensive workshop and a practice teaching requirement. The modules are made up of a range of topics which are cumulative and progressive, so that gradually the theory and practice build and inter-relate. The modules are not taught as separate units but are covered over several workshops.

The Modules
Module 1 General Anatomy and Physiology.
Module 2 Child Development and Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy.
Module 3 The Extra Lesson™ Assessment.
Module 4 The Extra Lesson™ Program.
Module 5 Educational Practices and Professional Issues.
Module 6 Practicum I, II, III, IV, V - Supervised Practice Teaching.

The modules include a range of topics including:
• The Birthing Process
• Phases of Child Development
• Movement and Sensory Development
• Development of Primitive and Postural reflexes
• The 12 senses and their metamorphosis
• Spatial Orientation and Body Geography
• Laterality
• The Development of Children’s Drawings
• The Constitutional Picture of the Child
• School Readiness
• Background to The Extra Lesson™
• The Extra Lesson™ Assessment and Exercises
• Planning an Individual Program
• Painting and Drawing
• Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism
• Behaviour Management
• Standardised Testing
• Report Writing
• Child Protection and Professional Issues

This course is a training or re-training for professionals to gain the knowledge and skills to be able to work using a one to one educational intervention program for children with learning and behavioural difficulties. To enquire Email or call:

Lalage Craig (02) 9980 7891 in Sydney
or Mariane Judd 0402 133 382 in Canberra

Course Co-ordinators

Lalage Craig.
(M.Ed, Dip.Ed, Grad.Dip.Ed, Neuro Developmental Therapist)
Lalage has over 32 years experience working with children with learning and behavioural difficulties and pioneered Extra Lesson™ in Australia. She has experience working with a very diverse range of students/children and problems and has built an international reputation in the area of learning and behavioural difficulties. Working with the underlying causes of the student’s difficulties has proven an extremely effective approach. Lalage has given numerous workshops in USA, Europe and in Australia. Lalage is life long honorary member of the International Extra Lesson Association which aims to maintain professional standards across the world.

Mariane Judd.
(M.Ed, B.Sc.(Psych), Grad.Dip.Ed, E.L.Cert) Registered Psychologist, MAPS.
Mariane is a registered Psychologist in NSW and the ACT and has had over 15 years experience working with children with learning and behavioural difficulties. Mariane wrote her masters thesis on research on the effectiveness of The Extra Lesson™ as an intervention program. She has additional experience in counselling and psychology and has worked with a wide age range of children and adolescents. Her experience has reinforced for her that working with the underlying causes is the most effective approach to these difficulties and co-ordinates with other professionals to more fully deal with these issues. In recent years she has traveled to both Europe and Asia to present lectures and workshops in the area of learning difficulties. Mariane is a full member of the International Extra Lesson Association.

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