Safe and effective practices for neurodiverse minds.
This 4-module on-demand course provides you with practical tools of how to incorporate neurodiversity-informed mindfulness practices into your setting. You will learn about neurodiversity, how different brain profiles experience mindfulness and gain access to guided audio mindfulness practices, scripts and a digital resource library.
Sue Hutton MSW/RSW
Mindfulness Teacher/Social Worker, CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre
About The Course
This course will provide you with practical tools of how to incorporate neurodiversity-informed techniques into your mindfulness practice offerings. Each week you will participate in neurodiversity-informed practices guided by Sue Hutton’s expertise in her work with the research team at the CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre. Each module will enhance your toolkit and guide you in finding accessible ways of teaching mindfulness to neurodiverse communities, such as breath, body and movement, art and music practices.
"When I’m told to focus on sensations of my breath, I feel like there is a noose wrapped around my neck, getting tighter and tighter as I keep paying attention.” This quote is from an autistic person that participated in a mindfulness program with Sue Hutton at the CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, and is part of the reason Sue is so committed to finding accessible ways of teaching mindfulness to neurodiverse communities.
4-Module Course with Theory and Guided Practices
Module 1: Neurodiversity-Informed Breath Practices
Module 2: Neurodiversity-Informed Body Practices
Module 3: Movement Practices for Neurodiverse Groups
Module 4: Neurodiversity-Informed Mindfulness Through Art and Music
Learners who take this course will ...
experience a range of mindfulness practices for neurodiverse groups
be able to teach mindfulness to participants with a greater understanding of neurodiverse participants
understand the challenging impact and negative consequences of rigid mindfulness practices for many neurodiverse people
Earn a course certificate of completion
What do learners gain from attending this course?
Enhanced effectiveness in applying mindfulness
Language to use when working with neurodiverse populations
Latest methods and tools to offer neurodiverse-informed options
About the Facilitator
Sue Hutton MSW/RSW
Sue started her formal path in mindfulness training in 1985. Sue's 30+ year career as a social worker and concentration on disability advocacy allows her to add a special perspective to traditional mindfulness techniques. Sue's specialized focus is on mindfulness & neurodiversity and accessibility. Sue has had the privilege of teaching over a thousand people mindfulness in a wide range of communities - from the disability community, cancer care, education settings and more. Sue completed Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) intensive for leaders in 2007, and has since modified the MBSR tools in research with the CAMH Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre programs for autistic adults and caregivers. In Sue's eyes, each person brings their perfect and unique self to mindfulness and deserves an accessible path to learning the practices. Sue focuses the majority of her work these days on supporting mindfulness in neurodiverse communities - their support staff and caregivers.
Access 4 modules and 30 Lessons on-demand (4+ hrs of instruction)
10 Guided audio practice, course readings and practice transcripts
Connect with professionals and practitioners in a private course community