course code: WS545
autism and alexander technique
with caitlin freeman
monday aug 10, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: CG-053, Main Building (ground level)
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Using the Alexander Technique to Help People on the Autism Spectrum
Over the past twenty years, the number of children diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum has risen dramatically. The number of adults being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is also increasing. This condition ranges from mild to severe, but most individuals with ASD experience sensory processing challenges, such as extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch, and movement. These individuals often have difficulty taking in information from their senses and integrating this data into a meaningful whole. The Alexander Technique is ideally suited for helping people with ASD form sensory integration and body awareness, and comprises a system of physical and vocal training that is especially beneficial for people on the Autism Spectrum. The Alexander Technique is also effective at helping individuals with ASD manage the stress of their overactive nervous systems. This workshop will explain these sensory processing issues from the perspective of an Alexander Technique teacher who has herself learned to manage these sensory challenges. Participants will learn practical strategies for helping individuals with ASD achieve sensory integration and stress relief.