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Dear Sensational SPD Foundation Friend,

We've moved to our new home and we couldn't be more excited!

Together, with our partner treatment facility, the STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation has moved to a bigger, better home still in the Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Most exciting is our 2000 square foot outdoor space with trees and grass to put in an outdoor therapy space and playground!

An example of a playground we hope to build soon

As most of you know the mission of the Foundation has been to enhance the quality of life for children with SPD and their families through research, education, and advocacy.

Since 2000, our biggest initiative has been an intense campaign for recognition of Sensory Processing Disorder in the revised DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) due to be published in 2013. This manual is sometimes referred to as the "bible" of diagnoses. The absence of SPD in the DSM limits awareness of SPD, contributes to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate therapeutic treatment of children, and reduces funding for research.

But good news! The DSM has for the second time opened up a call for public comments! Please join us in another huge grass roots effort to inundate the DSM committee with the need for SPD as a new or novel diagnosis. The comment period ends on June 15 so act quickly. For more information on what you can do to help go to our DSM-5 Commenting Campaign page.

It is proposed that two SPD subtypes (Sensory Over-Responsivity and Sensory Under-Responsivity) be included as an associated feature of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. This is a giant step forward for families of children with SPD and will be extremely helpful in getting sensory-based services for these children. In addition, "sensory" shows up now as a feature or descriptor in over 20 diagnoses where it was almost not included in previous versions of the DSM!

STAR Center was opened in 2005. We have developed a new treatment model that is based on intensive (3 to 5 times a week) intervention, extensive parent education, and a basis of relationship, and attunement. We want parents to be parents not therapists, and to learn how to play with their children. Play with parents is the platform that forms all future relationships and sometimes parents are so busy getting therapies for their child that there is no time to play. More on this in my second book, co-authored by Doreit Bialor, coming out by Future Horizons this fall.

Now STAR Center and SPD Foundation are finally together in the same office space. Our new location is a two-story building, much more residential looking than office-y, where we occupy most of the first level. We have added a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a full time Speech/Language therapist, and a Family and Child Therapy intern to our already great multi-disciplinary team to better serve siblings and parents of our clients.

Our new building at 5420 S. Quebec St., Suite 135, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Of course, we are going to throw a big GRAND OPENING so you can come and see our beautiful new space. We don't have a date yet, but it will probably be in August or early September. Watch your email for an invitation.

And, for the very latest news... STAR Center is now a non-profit organization as well! This means that we will soon be able to accept donations to STAR . . . for a myriad of needs including scholarships to fund treatment for families who do not have the resources to obtain treatment, for new equipment for our sensory playground, and for so much more!

And last, don't forget that October is Sensory Awareness Month and Sensation Celebrations will be happening all around the world once again. This year, we are planning a walk, run, or bike ride in communities everywhere. We hope you'll participate! You can be an organizer or just a participant. You can keep it small or make it as big as you want. If you prefer, you can do a run by yourself and ask your family, friends, and co-workers to make pledges on behalf of the SPD Foundation. Or you can ask them all to join you on your walk or run and they can all collect pledges. Please go to our Sensation Celebration page to see what other supporters have done. We have tips and tools for you there as well. Please help us keep our research moving forward by supporting a Sensation Celebration in your community.

We are here because of you; and without you we couldn't continue to grow.

Thank you for helping us make our dreams come true!

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Founder and Executive Director

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