New SPD Parent Workshop Series

March 28th, 2013

All STAR Lecture Series

today! Seats are vey limited.

Come join us at STAR Center for an intimate parent education program about parenting a child with SPD and speech and language delays. Part one of this two-part series begins in early April.


Lecture 1: The Art of Parenting a Child with SPD

April 9, 2013

From meltdowns to picky eating, children with Sensory Processing Disorder require a different kind of parenting. What you thought was bad behavior in need of a logical consequence may in fact be a neurological traffic jam in need of a certain kind of relief.

M.A., STAR Center’s Marriage & Family Therapist understands the challenges and joys you experience every day as a parent of a child with SPD.  Lisa specializes in working with families of children with SPD, and over the years has developed tools and strategies that can help.

Lecture 2: Understanding Early Childhood Speech and Language: Development and Delays

May 7, 2013

Learn about speech and language milestones, the current best practices for speech and language therapy, and practical and effective strategies to incorporate at home to help your child’s communication development.

Join Carrie Dishlip, M.S. CCC-SLP, one of STAR’s speech language pathologists, for a parent-friendly discussion on speech and language development and delays in toddlers and preschoolers. Carrie has served as Augmentative and Alternative Communication Specialist and has advanced training in motor speech disorders including childhood apraxia of speech and dysarthria.


Cost per lecture:

$15 per person or $20 for two people

Where:

STAR Center

5420 S. Quebec St., Suite 103

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Who should attend?

Parents, caregivers, clinicians, teachers, mental health and medical professionals

Reservation required:

Contact at 303-221-7827 or info@spdstar.org. Because seats are limited we are unable to accept walk-ins.

Schedule:

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM        Tour of STAR Center

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM        All STAR lecture, followed by Q & A

Light refreshments will be served.

Don’t Miss Our Amazing Mentorship Opportunity

March 20th, 2013

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

Intensive Mentorship Program

Guided by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller

Reserve your place today. Small group setting fills up fast!

Occupational therapists from all over the world have traveled to colorful Colorado to learn Dr. Miller’s STAR Center treatment model.

The program went beyond my expectations and I left with a renewed enthusiasm as well as new skills and ideas on how to further enhance my therapy and consultation within the school setting ~ Colleen P.

Summary of program:

  • Intensive five-day training program
  • Intimate group setting
  • Observation of live therapy sessions with experienced STAR Center therapists
  • Active mentoring provided before, during and after treatment sessions
  • Group analysis of treatment processing and outcome guided by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen
  • Overview and training in assessments used at the world renowned STAR Center
  • Review of latest SPD research

Level 1 2013 Mentorship dates:

June 10-14 (almost full)

July 8-12

August 12-16

November 4-8

Register today. Only a limited number of seats are offered per sessions.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATIONS

Visit the SPD Foundation website for more educational opportunities:

March 13th, 2013

Summer is right around the corner. Enroll your kids now for our Sensational Kids Kamp.

Therapy day camp for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD and Asperger’s Disorder and their siblings.

STAR Center is the premier treatment center for children and families impacted by Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, ADHD, autism and other developmental and behavioral disorders.

Sensational Kids Kamp utilizes therapists at the STAR Center to help children ages 4-10 improve socialization with their peers, and learn to self-regulate sensory information through building relationships and fun activities such as crafts, music, climbing wall, and games.

Kids Kamp Schedule

  • Animal Adventures: Ages 4 to 7

Building friendships through imaginary play

July 8-12  10:00am – 12:00pm

  • Moovin’ and Groovin’: Ages 6 to 10

Movement and motor coordination

July 8-12  1:30pm – 3:30pm

  • Fairy Tales & Super Heroes: Ages 4 to 7

Building friendships through imaginary play

July 15-19  10:00am – 12:00pm

  • _ACB0317Ooey Gooey: Ages 4 to 7

Tactile exploration using a variety of materials

July 22-26  10:00am – 12:00pm

  • Sib Shop: Ages 6 to 10

Building friendships with siblings of special needs children

July 22-26  1:30pm – 3:30pm

  • Moovin’ and Groovin’: Ages 4 to 7

Movement and motor coordination

July 29-Aug 2  10:00am – 12:00pm

  • All Ball: Ages 6 to 10

Build foundational ball skills in a non-competitive environment

July 29-Aug 2  1:30pm – 3:30pm

Registration Information

Registration deadline: June 1, 2013

Cost: $275

To register go to www.spdstar.org and click on the Kids Kamp graphic. Click the link to download the registration form and follow directions for mailing or faxing form.

Parents of Children 0-6 Years Old Needed for Online Survey

March 5th, 2013

New online survey for parents of young children, 0-6 years old.

We are currently looking for parents of young children to take part in a new 20-25 minute online research study.

Babies 0-3 years old (0-47 months) and/or preschoolers 4-6 years old.

The study is conducted entirely online and consists of a series of questionnaires about your child. You can complete all the questionnaires at once or a little at a time, and even completing just a few of the questionnaires would be very valuable.

We need parents of both typically developing children as well as those with a diagnosis of:

  • - ADHD
  • - Autism spectrum disorder
  • - Anxiety disorder
  • - Sensory Processing Disorder

Furthermore, if you have an older child with any of these diagnoses we are very interested in their younger siblings.

The goal of this study is to understand how differences in sensory processing are related to a number of personality and behavioral characteristics, in both clinical disorders, such as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), but also within other disorders and within typical development. We also want to better characterize the sensory processing differences within SPD to better understand the various subtypes. The information we collect could be useful to further understand the causes of sensory dysfunctions, leading to better therapies to improve the lives of children and families who are affected.

Please feel free to pass this email to friends and family who might be willing to participate!

For more information and to participate in this study, click here.

This project has been reviewed by the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Institutional Review Board (IRB).

SPD Foundation Comments on Newtown Shooter’s Diagnosis of SPD

February 28th, 2013

On February 19, PBS aired an investigative report that stated Adam Lanza, the young man who killed 20 children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut in December, had been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) when he was a child. ABC.com contacted the SPD Foundation the day before the story aired asking us to provide information about SPD. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller explained SPD and the vital importance of support for the individuals and families impacted by this disorder. Read the full story at ABC.com.

Although we deplore the reason SPD has now come into the national spotlight, we appreciate the opportunity to explain SPD, and how parents and their children with SPD need the support of the educational and medical communities.

There is so little information about Adam Lanza’s diagnostic conditions and any treatments he may have received. We want everyone to know that SPD is real and that there are effective treatments. Most important, there is no direct correlation between sensory issues and the type of aggression and violence exhibited by Adam Lanza.

FACT SHEET:

SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER DOES NOT CAUSE PREMEDITATED VIOLENCE

Adam Lanza, the young man who committed the atrocity in Newtown, CT, has been the subject of intense investigation by the media.

Adam was identified with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (previously labeled sensory integration dysfunction) as a young child. SPD is a neurological condition that affects approximately 1 in 20 individuals. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.

SPD is not autism or ADHD or anxiety disorder. It is a separate condition, although it can co-occur with a wide variety of other disorders.


Individuals with SPD do not resort to guns and premeditated acts. Some children with SPD do have aggressive symptoms caused by the way their bodies process “fight or flight,” the brain’s natural and automatic response to stressful or dangerous situations. For example, a child with sensory over-responsive SPD (one of the six subtypes) who is bumped from behind standing in line at school may have an instantaneous reflex to protect himself by “fighting” back, causing him to turn around and push or hit the child who bumped him. The child would not harbor anger and “get even” at a later, more opportune, time.

SPD DOES NOT CREATE DANGEROUS LONERS

For some children with SPD their natural “fight or flight” response is flight. These children may find social situations too stressful and withdraw. They may have difficulty making friends and playing with others. They are unhappy, but they do not have fantasies about murdering others.

SPD CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED

The younger a child is when treatment is obtained, the more flexible the brain is to change. Research shows that SPD can be remediated with appropriate treatment. Treatment must educate/coach the caretakers as well as impact the child’s ability to maintain a calm state, to engage with others, and to respond typically to sensory input.

FAMILIES LIVING WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE SPD NEED SUPPORT AND SERVICES

Recently the American Psychiatric Association’s committee on diagnosis turned down an eighteen-year effort to get SPD accepted into the fifth edition of the diagnostic guidebook, called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). Since 1994, when the previous version of the guidebook was published (DSM-IV), the SPD Foundation has focused on stimulating rigorous research as the method to show that SPD is a real diagnosis, different from other conditions. Clearly, this scientific approach was not enough; an advocacy effort is needed to bring awareness and acceptance of SPD and the need for treatment to parents, teachers and the medical community

SPD IS REAL

Families of children with SPD are suffering. They deserve assistance and support. Three keys to success include: (1) early intervention; (2) parent education and coaching; and intensive treatment (3 to 5 days a week) for several months.

SPD SHOULD BE TREATED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE

Parents often know when something is wrong or different in their young child. Problems can be identified at pre-school, at medical check-ups, or by comparing a child to the children in other families as well. Personnel at schools know which children are suffering from social isolation and depression. They do not know which students have violent fantasies but they do know those who do not ‘fit’ into school roles, are alone, are bullied, and are unhappy. Society needs to direct resources into these unfortunate individuals and their families.

SPD CAUSES PAIN AND SUFFERING.

BUT SPD DOES NOT CAUSE VIOLENCE, KILLING, AND SOCIAL ATROCITIES.


Last Chance to Register for Feeding Conference

February 20th, 2013

Baby holding spoon

DON’T MISS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER FOR NEXT WEEK’S FEEDING CONFERENCE!

REGISTER NOW…

Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders:

The S.O.S. Approach to Feeding

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is pleased to present

Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, teaching her internationally 
renowned intervention for problem feeders with Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Bethany Kortsha, MA, OTR!

The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding is a family-centered, transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates postural, sensory, motor, behavioral/ learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

LOCATION AND DATES:
Barboursville, West Virginia
February 28-March 3, 2013

Where is Barbousville? Well, it’s closer than you think.

  • Only 45 minutes from Charleston, WV
  • Only 2 hours from Lexington, KT
  • Only 3 hours from Cincinnati and Columbus, OH and Louisville, KT
  • Only 4 hours from Pittsburgh, PA, Knoxville, TN and Akron, OH

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, physical therapists, early intervention specialists, nurses, physicians, registered dietitians, nutritionists, and mental health professionals. 

See full details and register here.

New Online Education Program

February 15th, 2013

Announcing the 14th International Symposium Available Online!

Now for the first time ever, the SPD Foundation is offering a symposium for researchers, clinicians, educators and medical professionals ONLINE! Don’t miss some of the most prominent speakers presenting the latest findings and evidence-based data on sensory processing. These CEU-eligible courses are available in the comfort of your home or office, day or night.

for day one, day two or both days at a special introductory rate. Along with this special pricing we are offering all other online classes at HALF OFF with the purchase of one day or more of the 14th International Symposium.

Every parent and professional will benefit from the online courses covering the definition of SPD, the six subtypes and practical strategies for treatment at home, school and in the clinic.

3693_star center_lucy miller_20100210Intensive Mentorship: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Join a small group of practicing clinicians to learn advanced methods and strategies during our five-day Mentorship program at the SPD Foundation and STAR Center. Observe actual STAR Center treatment sessions and be the first to see children utilizing our new outdoor sensory playground!

Mentorships guided by sensory pioneer Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, Founder and Research Director, SPD Foundation and Clinical Director, STAR Center along with Sarah A. Schoen, Ph.D., OTR, Associate Director of Research, SPD Foundation and Clinical Services Advisor, STAR Center.

Level 1 Mentorship Dates:

March 18-22 (Only two spots left)
June 10-14
July 8-12

August 12-16

November 4-8

Don’t delay. Only a limited number of seats are offered. March is almost sold out and summer is filling up fast.

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders:

The S.O.S. Approach to Feeding

Barboursville, West Virginia
Basic 3-day Course: February 28 – March 2, 2013
Advanced Workshop: March 3, 2013

Kay A. Toomey, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychologist, Erin Ross, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Bethany Kortsha, MA, OTR will present the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding, a family-centered, transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

Save the dates:

Los Angeles, California – July 18 – 21, 2013

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – December 5 – 8, 2013

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION


Faculty Speaking Engagements

Bring the SPD faculty – including Dr. Lucy Jane Miller or Dr. Sarah A. Schoen – to your organization, event or meeting. Our faculty teaches basic and advanced workshops all over the world.

Be one of the first to book a G.O.A.L. (Goal Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills) workshop and learn how to administer and score Dr. Lucy Jane Miller’s latest standardized assessment.

Email Caraly at info@spdfoundation.net for booking information.

February 5th, 2013

VOTE FOR THE STAR CENTER TO WIN A PLAYHOUSE

FOR OUR NEW SENSORY PLAYGROUND!

is giving away a 6′ X 8′ playhouse and the STAR Center has been chosen as one of three charities to possibly win! The show starts this week at the Colorado Convention Center, February 9-17.

We need your votes to win! Here’s how:

  • Attend the Colorado Garden & Home Show between February 9-17
  • Find the Wishing Well Voting Stand
  • Vote for STAR Center to win!
  • Share this with friends and family, inviting them to attend the show

STAR center uses play-based therapy to help children self-regulate, successfully participate in activities like playing with friends, completing daily activities and succeeding in school. This playhouse, valued at $5000 would be an amazing addition to our brand new sensory playground.

Receive $2.00 off admission .

Visit for more details on the show.

January 28th, 2013

Baby holding spoon

REGISTER TODAY… EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS JANUARY 31, 2013!

Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders:

The S.O.S. Approach to Feeding

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is pleased to present

Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, teaching her internationally 
renowned intervention for problem feeders with Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Bethany Kortsha, MA, OTR!

The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding is a family-centered, transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates postural, sensory, motor, behavioral/ learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

LOCATION AND DATES:
Barboursville, West Virginia
February 28-March 3, 2013

Where is Barbousville? Well, it’s closer than you think.

  • Only 45 minutes from Charleston, WV
  • Only 2 hours from Lexington, KT
  • Only 3 hours from Cincinnati and Columbus, OH and Louisville, KT
  • Only 4 hours from Pittsburgh, PA, Knoxville, TN and Akron, OH

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, physical therapists, early intervention specialists, nurses, physicians, registered dietitians, nutritionists, and mental health professionals. 

See full details and register here.

January 24th, 2013

VOTE FOR THE STAR CENTER TO WIN A PLAYHOUSE

FOR OUR NEW SENSORY PLAYGROUND!

is working with Alpine Lumber and one metro area homebuilder on the construction of a playhouse to be given away at the 2013 Colorado Garden & Home Show, February 9-17 at the Colorado Convention Center.

This playhouse will be approximately 6′ x 8′ and will have a value of at least $5,000. It will be displayed in feature gardens at the show. A playhouse will be a wonderful addition to our sensory playground for use in therapy to help children self-regulate, successfully participate in activities like playing with friends, completing daily activities and succeeding in school.

The playhouse will be awarded to the charity with the most votes received at the show. You must attend the show to vote.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Attend the Colorado Garden & Home Show between February 9-17
  • Find the Playhouse Giveaway wishing well booth
  • Vote for STAR Center to win!
  • Share this with Colorado friends and family, inviting them to attend show

Receive $2.00 off admission .

Visit for more details on the show.