Autism and Art

Autism and Art

Students on the autism spectrum are often thrust into our art rooms with a chart and perhaps an associate and we’re left to our own intuition and devices. Every student deserves specialized strategies, but sometimes teachers are ill-prepared to most effectively teach students with autism. That’s where professional and in-depth training can build the confidence to be a leader and help meet the needs of all our students.

During this course, you’ll delve into current research to learn about autism spectrum disorders and how students on the spectrum relate with the world. You’ll learn how to create a safe setting for improving self-expression, focus and motor skills. This setting can also help students improve their ability to adapt to social cues and norms.

Participants in this course will need to purchase a copy of the book “Art as an Early Intervention Tool for Children With Autism” by Nicole Martin.

ISBN: 978-1849058070

Graduate Credits
Contact Hours Total
Graduate Credits / PD Hours 2 Graduate Credits / 90 PD Hours
Price Non-Graduate Credit $398.00 / Graduate Credit $698.00
Sun Tue
Jul 1 Jul 31
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jul 1 Jul 31
Aug 1 Aug 31
Oct 1 Oct 31
Nov 1 Nov 30
Only 4 days remaining to enroll in this course.
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE003
Graduate Credit Partner


  • Identify and implement best practices for students with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Use art as an intervention tool.
  • Create specific resources, such as a visual schedule, and other adaptations for immediate use in your art room.
  • Learn to effectively handle challenging behaviors.
  • Implement systems and routines to make your art room a welcoming place for students with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Interact in a proactive and positive way with colleagues such as associates and special education teachers.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Autism Basics
  1. Explore the unique characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their impact on socialization, communication and imagination.
  2. Design a sensory matrix with proactive solutions to possible sensitivity triggers.
Week 2
In the Art Room
  1. Learn how to help students develop creativity and sensory control in the art room.
  2. Discover ways to build rapport with other educators to meet students’ needs.
Week 3
Adaptions and Behavior
  1. Adapt materials and tweak procedures to help students with autism.
  2. Learn to phrase directions to improve the success of your instruction.
  3. Create a visual task menu to help manage behaviors.
Week 4
Reflection and Conclusion
  1. Learn more about Asperger’s syndrome and savants.
  2. Leave the class with a comprehensive tool kit that houses all of your lesson plans, organizational tools and reflections from this class.

Autism Basics

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class "Autism and Art"

1. Research

Explore what is meant by autism spectrum disorders and how it differs from other disorders. Examine the recovery and diversity movements via interviews with medical professionals and discussions from parents of children with autism.

2. Discussion

Share with art teachers from around the globe how the triad of impairment can cause an interruption of learning in the art room. Brainstorm ways to find solutions to help every student learn.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Design a sensory matrix that includes all five senses, possible triggers and how triggers can be prevented or changed. Be open to updating and changing your ideas as you learn more from your classmates.
Donna W.
"This class provided me with the most insightful information about my students with autism spectrum disorder. No PD has even come close to what this class provided and I've sat through a lot of PD classes in 28 years!"
Kathryn H.
"This is a fabulous way to earn credit toward renewing my license while learning something actually worthwhile and useful."

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course “Autism and Art”. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12 month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 6/1/18)







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