Spring 2010


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Dear Sensational SPDF Friend:

It's hard to believe, but we're already halfway through our 30th year!

30 laps for 30 years; a fundraising idea
So far in 2010, we've received the incredible news that Sensory Processing Disorder is on the "short list" of new conditions still being considered for inclusion in the upcoming revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. What a great anniversary "gift"! As we hold our breath for final word, our DSM Central page is your ultimate source of news and developments about the DSM-5.

Still to come this year is our official anniversary observance and sensory awareness event: SENSATION CELEBRATION, a sensational array of activities organized and staged by supporters worldwide to raise SPD awareness and funds.

In many places, the celebration will feature "Ask Dr. Lucy," a LIVE webinar kicking off National Sensory Processing Awareness Month on October 2 at 6 pm (Mountain time). During this broadcast, I'll be answering SPD questions submitted during or before the show by parents and professionals around the globe. Most celebrations showing "Ask Dr. Lucy" will combine the webinar with other activities like panel discussions, auctions, and more to create events that are both educational and fun.

In other places, events will celebrate with "30 for 30" activities - 30 auction items for our 30 years, 30 laps, 30 miles, or 30 of anything to honor and celebrate each of our 30 years. For example, Janice Soucey of North Carolina put the "30 for 30" theme to work with a "30 pounds for 30 years" challenge that's still inspiring parents in her hometown to lose weight and raise money for SPD. Click here to read all about it.

Through these celebrations, our hope is that by the end of the year people around the world will know more about SPD and we will have funds to conduct even more research, education, and advocacy in our next decade.

So, please! Come celebrate our 30th with us, wherever you live or work. Here are just a few of the many ways to you can join in:

  • - Volunteer to help or plan to attend a SENSATION CELEBRATION near you. Location cities are already listed on our Celebration 2010 web page. Event specifics will be posted for locations as soon as organizers finalize them.

  • - Organize a SENSATION CELEBRATION in your hometown. We make being an organizer as easy as possible by providing tips and tools on our website and by providing direct support from JoEllen Nikkel, our parent coordinator. Check out the website or email JoEllen for more information.

  • - Become a sponsor for your local SENSATION CELEBRATION by helping to underwrite the event. Buy exhibitor or vendor space. Donate an auction item. Ask the organizer what you could give.

  • - Make a donation! If just 3000 people give just $10 each in honor of our 30th, we will have $30,000 more for sensational education, research, and advocacy.

For now, please dive into this issue of Sensations to read about our fall International , our newly added , how OTs are providing sensory input to soldiers in Iraq, and much much more.

Wishing you and your children the very best summer ever!

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Founder and Executive Director

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