The Sensory Art program is designed by Christina Dove, a neurodevelopmental researcher and expressive art therapist, who has been a sensory art therapist for over 17 years in her private studio (Sensory Art Studios), Devon House, Autism Society and Easter Seals organizations, various hospitals, Memorial University, community centres and schools throughout Newfoundland. She is trained in numerous developmental and behavioural techniques, and child, adolescent, adult and family art therapy. She is trained in and has extensive experience in visual and sensory integration processing techniques.

Sensory Art is based on neuroscientific research, psychological theory and expressive art therapy. Practicing sensory art focuses on the brain’s capacity to adapt and develop pathways to learning through stimulation of the senses. Sensory art activities have been shown to produce changes in the brain that reflect improvements in enhanced attention skills and cognition with participants often showing significant gains in emotional awareness, communication, coping, emotional awareness, creative thinking and sensory information processing. The sensory art program also involves the fine tuning of fine and gross motor ability, visual and olfactory integration.

Registration will be taken on a first come, first serve basis with individuals who submit their registration forms with the accompanying payment first receiving first priority.  Space is limited and waitlists will be established where individuals unable to obtain a slot for their child will be placed on our waitlist (in order of receipt of registration forms) and given first priority in the following session’s registration process.

Christina Dove has been teaching sensory art for over 17 years in her St. John's Studio, at the Craft Council Clay Studio and at camps, community centres, schools and hospitals. She has worked with a variety of different clients with different needs including children with physical, developmental, and cognitive impairments and adults afflicted with MS, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, PTSD, as well as traumatic brain injuries and stroke.

As a neurodevelopmental researcher, she has extensive experience in sensory and visual integration processing as well as neurophysiology techniques involving learning and memory.

Christina Dove is a specialist in early intervention strategies and expressive art therapies. She is trained in various behavior modification techniques, sensory neural and visual processing strategies. She is a graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science (hons) in Psychology, a graduate teaching certificate and a Masters in Science in Medicine (Neuroscience) and currently working on a PhD in Community Medicine.

She is research coordinator of the Infant and Child Vision Research Centre and conducts visual attention and developmental assessments in daycare’s, schools and at MUN.

Christina is an expressive arts therapist and a professional member of Canadian art therapy association. She is also a potter (Dove Pottery), and is a member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador. Her work is displayed in various stores and galleries around the province.

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