Deliver a digital learning experience to assist students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in building mindfulness skills for improved mental health.
In 2014, as part of its Mindfulness for Mental Health project, Conestoga College launched an innovative program aimed at strengthening mental health supports for postsecondary students – in particular, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The college launched an in-class course to help students with ASD develop mindfulness skills aimed at reducing stress, increasing self-awareness and coping with stress in a healthy way. Feedback from initial sessions revealed that some students were experiencing challenges, including social anxiety and sensory conditions, with the in-person learning format. To improve program efficacy, Conestoga engaged Dialectic to transition the course to a digital format that would deliver a practical learning experience while addressing the unique challenges faced by students with ASD.