The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and their families by conducting and collaborating in rigorous research into the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of SPD.
The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation was the first organization to operate a full-time program of research into SPD. One study (Ahn, Miller, Milberger, McIntosh, 2004) shows that at least 1 in 20 children’s daily lives is affected by SPD. Another population-based study (Ben-Sasson, Carter, Briggs-Gowen, 2009) suggests that 1 in 6 children experiences sensory challenges sufficient to disrupt their academic, social, and/or emotional development. Today, the organization is recognized as a world leader in research, education, and advocacy for this disabling neurodevelopmental condition. Additionally, the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation has mobilized an international group of esteemed scientists, the SPD Scientific Work Group, and a national OT research team, the Sensory Integration Research Collaborative, to collaborate on finding research-based answers to questions about SPD:
Research at the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is conducted in collaboration with the STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center in Denver.
Peer-reviewed research abstracts, articles, and other material by researchers can be located by topic in Our Library.