July 11th, 2014


The Changing Landscape of Sensory Processing Disorder



Internationally renowned speaker Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of the groundbreaking best seller The Out-of-Sync Child presents 2 luncheon presentations for parents. Hear from the best of the best!


For professionals: Network with professionals from around the country during Fridays’ lunchtime Table Topics (informal facilitated  table  discussions). A great opportunity to discuss issues related to research and clinical practice in SPD.Exhibitors showcasing the newest and most advanced sensory solutions on both days of the symposium during breaks and lunches.Playground tour - OTs will learn how to build a “Playground Toolkit” for OT assessment and treatment.

November 7 & 8
Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

Renowned Speakers:

  • Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
  • Erna Blanche, PhD, OTR University of Southern California
  • Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR, Cleveland State University
  • Alice Carter, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Carol Conway, OTR, Hudson City Schools
  • Patricia Davies, PhD, OTR, Colorado State University
  • Matthew Goodwin, PhD, Northeastern University
  • Diana Henry, OTR, Henry Occupational Therapy Services, Inc
  • Elysa Marco, MD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Diane Parham, PhD, OTR, University of New Mexico
  • Doris Shriver, OTR, OT Resources, Inc.
  • Jane Case Smith, PhD, OTR,The Ohio State University
  • Carol Van Hulle, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A must-see educational event. Each year, the world-renowned faculty challenge attendees to expand their horizons by critically evaluating evolving trends in the field of Sensory Processing Disorder.

This year’s panel of experts, from across the country, will present the very latest findings in SPD research and evidence-based treatment, strategies to use in schools and clinics, practice management help and successful implementation of programs.

This two-day symposium will have two tracks each day, covering material beneficial to both professionals–who diagnose, treat, and teach children with sensory challenges–and parents. Who should attend: Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, early intervention specialists, nurses, physicians, mental health providers AND parents
For more information and to register, please visit:


Early bird discount deadline is July 31, 2014!

Register early as space is limited for lunch presentations and tour.

Past attendees have raved about the 3S Symposium:

“Worth every penny! Thank you for such and amazing, energizing, and inspirational experience.”

“Thank you for putting this wonderfully supportive symposium [together]. This is my first time and I am glad I persuaded my hospital how important this symposium [is]. Additionally, I loved the lunch format I met some great people.”

“This was a wonderful course. The speakers were excellent with good knowledge. Presentations were informative and easy to follow. They all spoke well and provided treatment strategies along with education. Could not have asked for a better conference.”

Sensory Integration for Children Who Chew

July 9th, 2014

sensory integration ideas for children who chewMeet Penny – July 29, 2013

Meet Penny – July 29, 2013 For years, I have been trying to get my daughter, Mouse, to keep things that aren’t food or drink out of her mouth. Not just her fingers, but pens and pencils, buttons on her dresses or any other part of her clothing she can get into her mouth, the edges of paperback books, and hair ribbons.

Read full article …

[Source: Meet Penny]

Come “Playground Rock” Out with the Nacho Men

June 25th, 2014

Adults: $10 
Kids ages 3-17: $5
Kids under 2: FREE

Come Rock Out to The Nacho Men at the World’s Best Sensory Playground!
Join the STAR Center and SPD Foundation onSaturday August 16th from 11am – 2pm to enjoy food, snow cones, and music by The Nacho Men!
 Register Today!
Event Info
Kids of all ages will enjoy the unique playground equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and of course dancing along to The Nacho Men music. We will have many fun games, activities and prizes too. Every child will receive a goody bag and food, and yummy snow cones are all included in your registration. The best part is reuniting with STAR therapists and Dr. Miller plus meeting some new friends. Click to “See Who’s Coming” and check if your favorite therapist (past or present) will be there! This benefit will help fund continued research programs at STAR Center and SPD Foundation, allowing us to define effective treatments. 
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Overcoming Challenges

May 8th, 2014

Grit and Determination


Hillary’s inspiration for running the Boston Marathon is her 3-1/2 year old son, Cole. As a child with SPD, he struggles every day with just being a kid but is always smiling with grit and determination. Upon confirmation of her bib number, she decided to make her run a fundraiser for the SPD Foundation’s research.She set up a website to tell Cole’s story and to take pledges.


Even though Hillary sustained a knee injury 22 days before the race and a stress fracture during the race, she was determined to finish her quest. She said if she pushed Cole to never give up then she could do this. Read more…

An Amazing Birthday Story


Colin was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder and another disorder  similar to autism and Asperger syndrome causing him to struggle with socializing. When his birthday rolled around, having a party was not an option as Colin said he didn’t have any friends. His mom decided to make a Facebook page so family and friends would send wishes and he would see he did have some friends. It turned out that the page went viral with 118,000 likes by the end of the first day and over 2 million today. People from all over the world have posted messages and mailed birthday cards, including adults battling similar issues lending their support. As his notoriety grew, he received an invitation to be on Good Morning America–a great opportunity to raise awareness about SPD. His mother hopes that the outpouring of support will lead to conversations about compassion, accommodating invisible challenges and not leaving people out. Colin is such an extraordinary person that he wanted to donate the toys he had received and he encourages his followers on Facebook to give back to their communities. For more information about symptoms of SPD, please visit spdstar.org/what-is-spd.

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Google: Click this link or search for STAR Center Denver in Google and click the link “write review” by our name in the search results.


Facebook: Click this link and then log in to your FB account, you will see a Reviews section in the right column where you can type a review. And while there, please “like” us!

One Person Can Make a Difference

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for SPD Research

by Averi Hutton


The Spark of Interest

I first heard of Sensory Processing Disorder when two of my brothers were diagnosed at age one. When I entered the Miss Teen Morrison County, Minnesota pageant, I was required to choose a platform to spend the year promoting. Immediately I thought of SPD. I also got to pick a non-profit organization to work with, so I chose the SPD Foundation. Then, I got the wonderful opportunity to plan and host a “Sensation Celebration” to raise money for the Foundation.


It was the dead of winter so I organized a spaghetti dinner. The festive event included a bake sale, raffles, silent auction and sensory activity areas during the event including some slime for kids to take home.

Local businesses donated items including the food! They also put up posters about the event. The VFW donated their building and kitchen for the night. I also made a website were people could donate if they couldn’t make it to the event.

I was able to raise $250 dollars from the event. All in all, I am glad to know that the money is going to a great cause and makes a difference in the world.

Join us on May 15 at STAR Center in Greenwood Village for a Public Book Signing for the Newly Released
Sensational Kids Revised Edition
The STAR Center is hosting Lucy Jane Miller and Janice Roetenberg at a book signing for the release of the Revised Edition ofSensational Kids, Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder, onThursday, May 15, 2014 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the STAR Center: 5420 S. Quebec St., Suite 103, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.


The authors will be on hand to meet and sign books at the book-signing event, which includes a tour of the World’s Best Sensory Playground.

The authoritative bestseller Revised Edition of Sensational Kids arrives on bookshelves on May 6. Dr. Miller shares her more than forty years of experience and research on SPD including the most current information on identification and treatment options for the four major subtypes of SPD, training families to develop a sensory lifestyle, understanding brain differences among children with SPD compared to those with autism and ADHD, and strategies to help kids with SPD develop, learn and succeed in school and in life.

Co-authored by Janice Roetenberg, Sensational Kids is written for a broad audience – from parents and educators to clinicians – and includes new material for parents, teachers, and others who care for kids with SPD.

First Time Offered!

Yoga Series for Children With Learning Differences

The STAR Center will host Yoga Calm® which gives children a practice and routine that integrates physical, mental and emotional development. The series is open to children ages 7 through 13.

Activities include:

  • Breathing to slow down the nervous system
  • Poses to release energy, develop strength, concentration and self-confidence
  • Relaxation techniques

The series will be held:

Tuesdays – 6:30pm-7:30pm:

June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26

Saturdays – 9:30am-10:30am:

June 7, June 21, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23

Cost: $15 per class when registering for a series of 4 or more classes

$20 per class drop in


Deadline to register is June 2. There is a maximum of 9 slots available.

Call 303.913.7078 or email refreshelements@gmail.com

Certified Yoga Calm Instructors: Kim Oliva and Ilga Paul

We love hearing from you!

You are always welcome to send us your personal stories, poems and pictures about daily living with SPD, as well as special activities you do to help create awareness about SPD in your community. Send to Karen@spdfoundation.net.

Come Golf at Pradera for our 2nd Annual Tournament of Hope

May 2nd, 2014
Tournament of Hope - FORE Sensory Processsing Disorder Foundation

Help make our 2nd annual golf tournament a sensational success!

Register Now

Monday, June 9, 2014
Shotgun start at 9:00 AM
Four-person scramble


The Club at Pradera
5225 Raintree Drive
Parker, CO 80134

Working with ChildrenJoin the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in our mission to provide hope and help to children with special needs. The SPD Foundation is the world leader in research, education, and awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder, A complex disorder of the brain that affects the way information from the senses (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, and movement) is experienced and turned into behavior.

  • Exclusive golf course designed by Jim Engh
  • Pre-tournament continen tal breakfast
  • Green fees, cart and range balls
  • Two drink tickets
  • Post-tournament buffet lunch and awards party
  • Great contests and awards (longest drive, closest to the pin, team awards, etc.)
  • Hole-in-one opportunity
  • Goodie bags
  • Silent Auction

  • Individual Player @ $180
  • Foursome @ $680: $10 discount per player if you register a foursome
  • Team and Hole Sponsor @ $1000: Foursome and one hole sponsorship
  • Phantom Golfer @ $100: Donation or a chance to hang out at the course all day participating in the breakfast and lunch without swinging a club wile supporting children living with SPD

  • Eagle Sponsor @ $5000: 2 foursomes, logo and link on SPDF website, name in program, display of 2 company banners, 3 hole sponsorship, logo on gift
  • Birdie Sponsor @ $3000: 1 foursome, logo and link on SPDF website, name in program, display of 1 company banner, 2 hole sponsorship, logo on gift
  • Par Sponsor @ $1500: 1 foursome, logo and link on SPDF website, name in program, 1 hole sponsorship
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor @ $750: Sign on beverage cart, logo and link on SPDF website, name in program
  • Hole Sponsorship @ $500: Your corporate name on sign on tee box


Eagle Sponsors


Birdie Sponsors

The Denver 100 LLC


Par Sponsors


Beverage Cart Sponsors


Hole Sponsors

Holland & Hart   


Register Now

SPD and Summer Fun

April 11th, 2014

Register Today for Our New Webinars


All STAR Lecture 7

SPD and Summer Fun


April 29, 2014 – Live Broadcast*  

8:30 PM-10:00 PM (ET) 6:30 PM-8:00 PM (MT)

*Limited availability seating at STAR Center. Contact Jodi at 303-865-7648 or Jodi@spdfoundation.net.


Most kids can’t wait for the summer break to be free of the school schedule and homework, but for kids with SPD transitioning to the summer schedule and different routines can be a troublesome time. Learn some easy strategies to help with these transitions as well as some great summer fun activities especially for sensory kids.


Details and registration here

NEW Assessment Webinar 

Assessing Clinical Co-morbidities

Webinar Assessment WA304


April 30, 2014 – Live Broadcast

12:00 PM-2:00 PM (ET) 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (MT)


Review how co-morbid clinical conditions,such as autism or anxiety, might affect thepresentation and treatment of SPD as well as assist in differential diagnosis. Understand the theory behind clinical co-morbidities and its use for clinicians and researchers in screening for various clinical conditions. Learn about free-to-use and public domain scales for assessments, with an emphasis on autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.


Includes a videotape analysis and panel discussion of treatment of several cases of children with co-morbid conditions. The focus will be on how different diagnoses impact function and therapeutic implications. The panel will consist of Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR and Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR.


Details and registration here


Can’t attend live? All webinars are recorded and available for 24/7 access.

Banquet of Champions was a Huge Success!

March 31st, 2014

Banquet of Champions  


This Year’s Banquet of Champions Was a Great Success!

The SPD Foundation’s Olympic-themed Banquet of Champions was very successful in raising donations benefiting the SPD Foundation in our mission to provide hope and help for special needs children. We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of sponsors, silent auction donors and people attending this festive event held at the Inverness Hotel. We raised 97% of our $75,000 goal!

It was a fun evening attended by close to 200 people who enjoyed complimentary cocktails donated by Castle Pines North Wine and Spirits and Tivoli Beer, entertainment, live music by Coles Whalen, a silent auction, trivia contests, prizes, photo booth, sumptuous dinner and awards ceremony.
The Banquet of Champions awards were given to well-deserving and outstanding philanthropists and supporters of the SPD Foundation. The Nominees for awards were chosen for carrying the torch of passion and inspiration for sensory processing disorder research and education.

The champion award winners were:

  • Founder’s Award – Kathryn E. Miller
  • Champion of Passion– Dr. Edward Goldson
  • Champion of Inspiration – Pat Pietro
  • Champion of Partnership – Landscape Structures
  • Champion of Partnership – Kahn Construction

… And a special award was given to Jack, our first Junior Champion of Hope. Jack is a child with SPD. When Jack first arrived at the STAR Center he had motor planning difficulties, and a hard time playing with his peers. In spite of his challenges, he was so joyful that he was an inspiration to everyone who met him. Children like Jack motivate the STAR Foundation to press on with cutting-edge research into causes and effective treatments for SPD. Jack has been an inspiration in how he is working to overcome and cope with SPD on a daily level.

Kathryn E. Miller received a surprise Founder’s Award for serving as an inspirational leader and tireless board member for the SPD Foundation. Katy is an extraordinary person who shows her heart through her giving of time and resources to countless causes including elders’ rights, women’s rights and disenfranchised populations. She is actively involved in supporting Special Olympics by coordinating downhill skiing events on weekends.

Dr. Edward Goldson, who is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, was awarded the Champion of Passion due to his unyielding efforts to educate others about SPD, his years of support to the foundation, and his compassion and devotion to advocating for children.

Pat Peitro, owner of the family Thrift Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, was awarded the Champion of Inspiration for his commitment to helping the SPD Foundation and being such an ardent supporter. Mr. Pietro loyally served his country in Vietnam and firmly believes in giving back to the community.

Kahn Construction was awarded the Champion of Partnership for donating their time and expertise to ensure the overall success of installing “The World’s Best Sensory Playground” at the SPD Foundation and STAR Center. Without their efforts, the playground installation would never have been possible. Kahn Construction is a general contractor located in Centennial, Colorado.

Capping off the night was the Champion of Partnership award given to Landscape Structures for generously donating playground equipment for the “The World’s Best Sensory Playground” at the STAR Center and SPD Foundation. The playground equipment is used as a therapy tool for children, and is a key component for the SPD Foundation’s Equipment Effectiveness. Landscape Structures is located in Delano, Minnesota and manufactures innovative playground products.



Presenting Sponsor



Miller & Steiert Holland & Hart  RMR



Circle of Champions





Live Webinars March 25 and 26

March 21st, 2014

Register Today!

Two New Webinars

Broadcasting Live Next Week 

All STAR Lecture 6 

Having Fun with Food:

Make Meal Time Enjoyable for the Whole Family


March 25, 2014 – Live Broadcast*

8:30 PM-10:00 PM (ET) 6:30 PM-8:00 PM (MT)

(*Limited availability seating in-person at STAR Center for a discounted rate. Contact Jodi at 303-865-7648 orJodi@spdfoundation.net.)


Meal times with a picky eater or problem feeder can be stressful for the entire family. Understand how to recognize factors that contribute to mealtime stress and strategies to make mealtimes and food fun.


Two NEW Assessments Webinars just added  

Free Tools for Assessment of Social/Emotional Functioning

Webinar Assessment WA303


March 26, 2014 – Live Broadcast*        

12:00 PM-2:00 PM (ET) 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (MT)

(*Limited availability seating in-person at STAR Center for a discounted rate. Contact Jodi at 303-865-7648 or Jodi@spdfoundation.net.)


Find out about free-to-use evaluations and scales for social/emotional functioning assessment that have been reviewed and vetted. Discover how online resources can be harnessed to make these assessments cost- and time-effective and useful for treatment planning.
This two-hour lecture-style webinar with panel discussion is invaluable for learning why social/emotional functioning is an important domain in clinical assessment, evaluating change across intervention, and in populations with sensory challenges.


Explore free-to-use and public domain examples of social/emotional functioning measures, including those for empathy, emotion recognition, and emotion regulation. Learn how the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation has administered and analyzed these measures in its own research. Includes a videotape analysis and panel discussion by the staff at the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation including Drs. Lucy Jane Miller, Sarah A. Schoen and Jillian Sullivan.


Details and registration here

Assessing Clinical Co-morbiditiesWebinar Assessment WA304 April 30, 2014 – Live Broadcast12:00 PM-2:00 PM (ET) 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (MT) 

Review how co-morbid clinical conditions, such as autism or anxiety, might affect the presentation and treatment of SPD as well as assist in differential diagnosis. Understand the theory behind clinical co-morbidities and its use for clinicians and researchers in screening for various clinical conditions. Learn about free-to-use and public domain scales for assessments, with an emphasis on autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Includes a videotape analysis and panel discussion of treatment of several cases of children with co-morbid conditions. The focus will be on how different diagnoses impact function and therapeutic implications. The panel will consist of Lucy Miller, Sarah Schoen, Karin Buitendag and Stephanie Capshaw.


Details and registration here


Can’t attend live? All webinars are recorded and available for 24/7 access.

Your Child’s Safety Can Also Support SPDF Funding

March 10th, 2014


Alert Me Bands is a novel idea of tagging children with up to two emergency contact names and numbers, so whether your child is lost, in an emergency, or simply misbehaving at a birthday party; the wristband will communicate whom to call as well as communicate your child’s special need with a design from the Special Needs Category.  Alert Me Bands sell for $21.95 and are designed so that it is easy for adults to put on and take off but impossible for young children to do the same. This feature allows parents to feel confident that their kids will have their phone numbers in an obvious and visible place on their wrists. And the bands are adjustable to wear over the sleeve of their jacket for outdoor events. Alert Me Bands are made of high quality, soft, durable, and lightweight material, making it perfect for children with tactile sensitivities.


During the month of March, Alert Me Bands will donate 20% of every wristband sold, using the Give Back Code ‘SPD’, to the SPD Foundation.


Alert Me Band imagePurchase an Alert Me Band Today


*Product listed represents a business supporting the mission of the SPD Foundation. It is not an endorsement of the product.


NEW Webinars on Assessments from Sensory Experts

March 6th, 2014

Announcing Two NEW Webinars!

Two NEW Assessments Webinars just added 

  • Assessment of Social/Emotional Functioning – March 26, 2014 
    • Review the free-to-use evaluations and scales in public domain or online that focus on various aspects of social and emotional functioning in children and adults and their utility in the SPD population.      
  • Assessing Clinical Co-morbidities – April 30, 2014
    • Review how co-morbid clinical conditions, such as autism or anxiety, might affect the presentation and treatment of SPD as well as assist in differential diagnosis.


Plus view the popular original Assessments Webinar Series

  • Overview of Pediatric Assessments brought to you by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR and Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR
  • Two-part series on the M-FUN (Miller Function and Participation Scales)
    • Administration and Scoring
    • Advanced Interpretation and How it Informs Treatment


Details and registration here

Bring a Workshop to Your Community! 

Now available: the new Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL)Workshop

GOAL is an innovative new evaluation of functional motor abilities needed for daily living in children ages 7 to 17. Learn administration, scoring, and interpretation for intervention at this 1-day workshop.


Scheduled workshops:

-       Phoenix, AZ – April 12, 2014 in collaboration with ArizOTA

-       Beaufort, SC – May 3, 2014


Watch for workshops in New York, Illinois, California, Texas, and other states to be posted soon!


Bring this one-day workshop to your community or state.

Details and registration…

Check out our other online programs and in-person educational offerings: 

All STAR Lecture Series Webinars

Details and registration


Symposia and Online Courses

Details and registration here


The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding Advanced Topics

Details and registration here


SOS Approach to Feeding Workshops Coming to INDIANAPOLIS, SEATTLE, and LITTLE ROCK 

Details and registration here…


Intensive Mentorship: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention – Hurry! These sessions are limited and filling fast:


2014 Dates:

March 17-21 – SOLD OUT

May 19-23 – ONLY 4 SEATS LEFT!

June 23-27

July 21-25

August 18-22

October 20-24

Details and registration here…

SAVE THE DATE – November 7-8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona

17th International 3S SymposiumSPDStrategies, Science, and Success


Watch for details here…