Sensory Enrichment Therapy

Online Course for Parents

Crash course on what sensory enrichment is and how it works.

Join 3,000+ families who have used Mendability to help their children with Sensory Enrichment Therapy™ in 60 countries across the world

Why you should take this course

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Gain confidence and understanding

Discover what is behind the exercises as you prepare to engage in Sensory Enrichment Therapy.

In-depth inside look

A detailed guided tour through this cutting edge, clinically-proven multi sensory approach.

Sensory Enrichment Therapy Plan for Self Support

Engaging online, video-based learning

On your phone, tablet, or computer, sit back and enjoy.

Gain confidence and understanding

As you consider Sensory Enrichment Therapy as an option for your children, we present you with an opportunity to study the program in detail and in-depth with training material taken from the professional certification course.

The course includes 2 hours of detailed information about the science that forms the basis of this therapy, an analysis of a few powerful protocols and an in-depth description of the tools you will be using as you implement the therapy in your home.

This course is possibly the best way to prepare to administer this program with your child.

In-depth inside look

An evidence-based brain enrichment program validated by randomized controlled trials

Sensory Enrichment Therapy is a new sensory modality that targets the mechanisms of brain plasticity to improve brain functioning.

Two randomized controlled trials (1,2) and a peer-reviewed intent-to-treat study of 1,002 children with autism and developmental delays (3) showed:

  • 6x more effective than standard care alone (1)
  • 21% fell below ADOS cutoff for autism after 6 months (2)
  • Higher I.Q. (1,2)
  • Progress consistent across all age groups (1 – 18 yrs.)genders, a wide range of symptoms (2,3)
In randomized controlled trials, 42% of children with autism had a clinically significant improvement with Sensory Enrichment Therapy, compared to 7% in the group who only had standard care

1. Percent of individuals with clinical improvement on the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)

2. 21% of Sensorimotor-Enriched children and 0% of Standard-Care children fell below the autism cutoff score after 6 months

  1. Woo CC, Leon M. Environmental enrichment as an effective treatment for autism: a randomized controlled trial. Behav Neurosci. 2013
  2. Woo CC, Donnelly JH, Steinberg-Epstein R, Leon M. Environmental Enrichment as a Therapy for Autism: A Clinical Trial Replication and Extension. Behav Neurosci. 2015
  3. Aronoff E, Hillyer R, Leon M. Environmental Enrichment Therapy for Autism: Outcomes with Increased Access. Neural Plast. 2016

Engaging online, video-based learning

What is included in the course?

As a parent, this course will help improve your confidence and understanding while delivering Sensory Enrichment Therapy to your loved one.

This course is provided completely online. You can take the course using your own computer or mobile device.

This course does not certify you to deliver any therapy support to anyone else and does not give you any privileges as a certified professional in any way. It does not provide all of the information necessary to engage in the therapy, as an account on Mendability is required for the actual assessments, worksheets, and instructions.

Note: If you are a health professional and would like to become certified in Sensory Enrichment Therapy, please enroll in the Professional Certification Course available on this site.

  • Development of Sensory Enrichment Therapy  …… 23 min. How the science of environmental enrichment was developed into a practical therapy.
  • Sensory Enrichment Therapy Principles  …… 27 min. How to do Sensory Enrichment Therapy at home effectively.
  • Baseline Questionnaire  …… 15 min. How to complete the initial evaluation form.
  • Progress Questionnaire  …… 9 min. How to report progress in order to get the most beneficial worksheets.
  • Worksheets  …… 14 min. Where you review the instructions for the therapy exercises.
  • Multisensory Core Protocol  …… 20 min. Description of the Multisensory Core Protocol and commonly asked questions about olfactory, tactile and visual activities.
  • Sensory Enrichment Foundation  …… 13 min. How to incorporate short sensory pairings into existing daily routines to provide additional opportunities for brain development throughout the day and multiply the effects of the therapy activities.
  • What progress looks like with Sensory Enrichment Therapy  …… 8 min. What to expect with the program.
  • Brain Map – Part 1  …… 23 min.
    Brain Map – Part 2  …… 29 min.
    Key roles, functions, and physiology of the brain as it relates to Sensory Enrichment Therapy.
  • Brain Chemistry  …… 12 min.
    How neurons communicate and the impact of brain chemistry on development and behavior.
  • Brain Plasticity  …… 12 min.
    The tools the brain uses to grow and repair itself.
  • Environmental Enrichment  …… 17 min.
    The animal experiments that led to the development of Sensory Enrichment Therapy.
  • Expert System …… 9 min.
    How the expert system selects the best Sensory Enrichment Therapy protocols.
  • Goals …… 5 min.
    How to set therapeutic objectives with the program.
  • Self-Support Tools …… 11 min.
    The various features of Mendability designed to help you do the therapy at home.

Sensory Enrichment Therapy

Online Course for Parents

Crash course on what sensory enrichment is and how it works.


The core content should take around 2 hours to complete. There is also 2 hours of optional bonus material.

You can take the course at your own pace. There is no time limit.

This training will be 100% online but, you still have the option to call us with any questions.

Within the online content, there will be visual slides presenting text summaries, data, charts, animations, and videos. The course content will also be narrated to aid audio learners. In addition, there will be text-based content to accompany all of the material.

This course was built on a platform that displays quite well on a mobile device.

There are a few quizzes in this course to help consolidate what you learned in order to receive your certification of completion.

If you are not interested in the certificate of completion, the quizzes are not required.

The cost of the course listed on this web page includes everything you need to learn the materials presented.

If you are interested in implementing Sensory Enrichment Therapy in your home, you will need to either enrol separately with Mendability or any other health professionals certified in Sensory Enrichment Therapy.

If you are currently enrolled in Mendability, you may be eligible to take the course free of charge. Please contact us for more details.

No, you do not need to be enrolled in any Mendability program in order to take this course.

This course is for educational purposes only. It is designed for parents and caregivers who are interested in learning about Sensory Enrichment Therapy. This course includes a few examples of protocols that are assigned to families to implement the full program in their homes. While they are powerful in their own right, we do not endorse the application of these protocols without the supervision of a certified professional in Sensory Enrichment Therapy.

If you are a health professional interested in becoming certified, we recommend that you enrol in the professional certification program.

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