Delve into considerations for the use of media as a sensory and communication tool and learn how to adapt interventions and materials to your clients’ specific needs. This program includes a primary focus on autism spectrum disorder, with knowledge and skills that are transferable to other neurological and developmental diagnoses.

This program does not require approval by the  Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Course Length: 18 instructional hours
Delivery: Online
Credential: Certificate
Cost: $975
Maximum Students: 12 per class
Amount of Homework: 4-6 hours

This course applies the principles of therapeutic arts with the innate belief that creating and art making processes can provide emotional and sensory regulation for neurodiverse clients.  


Upon completion of this course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of when the client should be referred to an art psychotherapist
  • Examine the spectrum of neurodiversity from a person-oriented lens
  • Recognize the complexities of the neurodiverse population
  • Design arts-based interventions to use for sensory seeking or sensory avoidant needs
  • Understand tactile and sensory triggers, and regulation processes
  • Explore potential considerations that can be put in place for working with this population
  • Create and adapt arts techniques for the specific needs of the client
  • Understand the outlined theories and techniques best used when working with a client who identifies as neurodiverse



Participants must meet a minimum age requirement of 19 years.


We offer Navigating Neurodiversity a few times throughout the year. We accept requests for private groups at any time.

Studying with CiiAT is more than just an education,

it’s a personal journey within a supportive community.

Whether it’s through our small, intimate classes, or through our friendly administrative and technical support team, we strive to provide personalized help and attention.


“If you have a passion for the arts, helping others, and furthering your education, CiiAT is the perfect place to explore all of the above, regardless of where you are in the world.”

~ Anon ~

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