An Exploration of the Application of the Alexander Technique for People with Learning Disabilities


Joint Learning Disability Service, Chapman Place, Chapman Street, Gorton, Manchester M18 8UA.


The Alexander Technique is a means of re-educating people in the way they use and organise their bodies. It is characterised by an integrative view of physical and psychological function. Its application was explored with eight people with varying degrees of learning disability, and associated physical problems. On the basis of clinical documentation it is concluded that the technique may be of benefit, and that a more rigorous evaluation would be desirable. The account includes discussion of the particular problems in applying the technique to people with limited communication and understanding of what was being done.