Blog of the Week: Autism, the Alexander Technique, and Me

Originally posted on  by  as a guest blogger at Robert Rickover’s

Caitlin Freeman, Alexander Technique Teacher in Pittsburgh, PA

Caitlin Freeman

As a person on the autism spectrum, I have struggled with sensory issues all my life. My mother describes that when I was a child, she needed to “tame me to touch like a wild animal.” When people would touch me, it felt like an electrical burning sensation.

Over time, my parents learned that I could tolerate deep pressure, and I gradually became accustomed to their touch. Unfortunately, everyone else’s touch still felt so uncomfortable that as a child and teenager, I would avoid other people to keep them from possibly coming in contact with me.

Predictably, my behavior greatly limited my social interaction. My extreme sensitivity to touch continued through my teenage years and into adulthood.

By my early twenties, I had severe sensory and social problems that I was determined to solve. The resources in my small town were limited, but there was one person nearby who taught the Alexander Technique. On the recommendation of a family friend, I started taking lessons in 2003.

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Blog of the Week: Autism, the Alexander Technique, and Me — 1 Comment

  1. I’m a trainee teacher in England and I work with high functioning autistic learners. I am researching how to support my students in reducing their anxiety before exams and discovered the Alexander Technique through my girlfriend (a dancer) and a colleague who is an education psychologist. Finding this blog has helped my research and I have now ordered your book (Catlin). Thanks for helping me see into the world autism and being an inspiration to my students as they seek to find their place in the world. Chris P

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