Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Banquet of Champions

March 3rd, 2014

Banquet of Champions

March 14, 2014

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the

Banquet of Champions 

 

10. A fun interactive photo booth by LightBooth with unlimited prints for you to keep!

 

9. Chances to win and bid on prizes including Nuggets tickets, a trip to the Atlantis Resort in Reno, a Louis Richard watch, and much more!

 

8. Gourmet food and cocktails

 

7. The beautiful view from the Columbine room at the Inverness Hotel overlooking the spectacular golf course

 

6. A chance to spend the evening at the Inverness Hotel for the sensational price of $109/night!

 

5. Music by Coles Whalen… With the release of her 5th album, she is an amazing performer you won’t want to miss!

 

4. An exciting table vs. table trivia game

 

3. A chance to spend the evening with friends and family supporting a great cause

 

2. The chance to honor our sensational champions, Edward Goldson, MD, Pat Pietro, Kahn Construction, and Landscape Structures

 

1. The number one reason not to miss this event:

The opportunity to provide hope and help for children living with SPD!

 

March 14, 2014 from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112

 

Don’t live in Colorado? You can still participate!

*   Donate to the SPD Foundation

*   Become a sponsor and receive special benefits

*   Donate travel or vacation packages to our auction

*   Honor one of our champions with an ad in our program

 

Live in Colorado? Please attend!

 

Register Now!

Save-the-Dates

 

 

TOURNAMENT OF HOPE

Fore Sensory Processing Disorder

June 9, 2014

The Club at Pradera

5225 Raintree Cir, Parker, CO 80134

Shotgun start at 9:00 AM – Four-person scramble

Registration coming soon

 

3rd Annual Playground Rock

and Reunion

 

Family-friendly Event at the 

World’s Best Sensory Playground

 

August 16, 2014
STAR Center parking lot and playground

5420 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Registration coming soon

Symposium Highlights Online Now

February 20th, 2014

Highlights of the

16th International 3S Symposium

SPD: Strategies, Science, and Success

Available Online Now

Expert speakers present the very latest findings in SPD research, strategies for practical therapeutic intervention, and successful implementation programs.

 

Presentations from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Kay Toomey, Paula Aquilla, Dr. Stephen Camarata, and more.

 

Details here…

Web-Based Programs:

Online Courses

 

Select from an array of courses about Sensory Processing Disorder. Get strategies for home, school, and clinic and learn the principles of the STAR Center treatment model.

 

Details here…

NEW Online:

 

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

 

Three advanced topics available:

  • Feeding the 6-16 Month Old Child
  • Helping Children Transition Off Supplemental Tube Feedings
  • Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux

Details here…

Webinars

 

All STAR Lecture Series

A series of live and recorded webinars from the renowned staff at STAR Center

 

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

 

NEW – Two new webinars on March 26 and April 30!
  Registration coming soon!

Assessment of Social/Emotional Functioning – March 26

  • 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

  • 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.

Details here…

In Person Education

Intensive Mentorship: Clinical Reasoning in Intervention

This acclaimed and unique five-day programis lead by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR andSarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR. Learn the STAR Center Treatment Model, which focuses on intensive, short-term treatment along with family participation and parents-only educational sessions.

Don’t delay. Seats are limited and filling fast. Don’t miss your choice of dates.

2014 Dates:

March 17-21 – ONLY 1 SEAT LEFT!

May 19-23 – ONLY 4 SEATS LEFT!

June 23-27

July 21-25

August 18-22

October 20-24

Details here…

SOS Approach to Feeding Workshops Coming to Indianapolis, Seattle, and Little Rock

The basic 3-day program is a workshop  for assessing and treating feeding difficultiesand weight/growth problems in children taught by Dr. Kay A. Toomey. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

 

Advanced workshop is offered on the fourth day.

 

Indianapolis: March 6-9, 2014

Seattle: July 17-20, 2014

Little Rock: December 4-7, 2014

 

Details here…

17th International 3S Symposium, SPD:Strategies, Science, and Success

 

Save the Date: November 7-8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona

Bring a Workshop to You!

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

 

GOAL is an innovative new evaluation of functional motor abilities needed for daily living in children ages 7 to 17. Bring this one-day workshop to your community or state.

See more details…

Banquet of Champions – An Evening of Entertainment

February 10th, 2014

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A Teen with SPD and More From the SPD Foundation and STAR Center

February 5th, 2014

Hope From a Teen with SPD

 

SPD didn’t stop 14-year-old Savannah Grace from reaching her dreams. As a model, actress, and pop singer with a new music video, Savannah has learned to how to truly live with SPD and overcome her struggles.   

 

 

 

Membership Benefits You  

Can’t Pass Up

 

Special Membership Benefits for YOU!

 

The SPD Foundation membership benefits are better than ever before!

  • A coupon for FlagHouse merchandise for the same value as your membership! Find hundreds of great toys, games, and equipment for those with SPD or other special needs.
  • Free archived All-STAR webinar series – a value of $105
  • Tax deductible
  • 10% discount on all online training programs
  • And more…

See all the benefits for individuals and professionals and sign up today…

You Are Invited

 

To Our Banquet of Champions

 

This special event is a fundraiser benefiting the SPD Foundation in our mission to provide hope and help for special needs children. You won’t want to miss this evening of entertainment with cocktails, live music by Coles Whalen, a silent auction, a photo booth by LightBooth, fun activities, gourmet dinner, and awards ceremony.

 

You can help, even if you don’t live in Colorado!

  • Donate to the SPD Foundation
  • Become a sponsor and receive special benefits
  •  Donate items for our silent auction
    • Do you own a timeshare or vacation property? Donate a few days or a week.
    • Do you have access to local Denver sporting events? Donate tickets to one of the events.
  • Attend our event - If you live in Colorado – please join us!

 

Banquet of Champions

March 14, 2014

Englewood, Colorado

 

REGISTER TODAY!

All STAR Webinars

Live broadcasts and recorded archives

 

Learn tips and suggestions directly from the staff of the STAR Center. Individuals, parents, and professionals will benefit from these informative sessions. Join us for the next presentation on Tuesday, February 18 at STAR Center in person, or view the live webinar online.

 

Lecture 5

Resistance: Helping People Accept That Your Child Has SPD

February 18, 2014 ∙ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Mountain Time (8:30-10:00 ET)

Colorado Home and Garden Show

February 15-23, 2014

 

Colorado Garden Show Grant Program has awarded the SPD Foundation and STAR Center a grant for our Sensory Garden for the 2nd year in a row. Colorado Garden and Home Show supports non-profits like us. Please support them by attending the 2014 show February 15-23 at the Colorado Convention Center. Save $2 at the door by downloading this coupon.

 

Newsletter Subscription

 

Dr. Chirag Patel, Author of Brain Foods will be donating 50% of all subscription revenue of his monthly newsletter, Your Natural Youth Reportto the SPD Foundation in the month of February.

 

The products listed represent businesses supporting the mission of the SPD Foundation. It is not an endorsement of the product.

 

Feeding Workshop Early-Bird Ending Soon

February 4th, 2014

REGISTER TODAY
Early-bird discount ends February 13
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:
Indianapolis, Indiana
March 6-9, 201

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.

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Announcing 2014 Education Programs

January 27th, 2014
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Great Educational Offerings for 2014   

 

Online Offerings

e-Learning is convenient, reducing time away from the office and clinic, as well as reducing traveling costs.

 

Symposia

Highlights from the 16th International 3S Symposium, SPD: Strategies, Science, and Success in Charlotte, October 2013 will be available next week
Prominent researchers present at the 14th International Symposium in Boston, March 2012

Details and registration here

Online CoursesSeveral courses available to learn about Sensory Processing Disorder and strategies for home, school, and clinic

 

Details and registration here

For the First Time Online:The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding Advanced Topics

Three advanced topics available:

  • Feeding the 6-16 Month Old Child
  • Helping Children Transition Off Supplemental Tube Feedings
  • Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux

Details and registration here

WebinarsAll STAR Lecture Series

A series of live and archived webinars from the renowned staff at STAR Center

 

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
  • Watch for another two-part series coming soon

Details and registration here

In-Person Education

 

Gets you rejuvenated for that next step in your career, plus the opportunity to network with colleagues and friends.

Intensive Mentorship: 
Clinical Reasoning in 
InterventionThis acclaimed and unique five-day program is lead by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR and Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR. Learn the STAR Center Treatment Model, which focuses on intensive, short-term treatment along with family participation and parents-only educational sessions. 

Register before February 1 to get the 2013 pricing! Tuition will be increasing on February 1.

 

Details and registration here…

SOS Approach to Feeding Workshops Coming to Seattle and Little RockThe basic 3-day program is a workshop for assessing and treating feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems in children taught by Dr. Kay A. Toomey. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

 

One day Advanced Workshop offered on the fourth day.
Details and registration to be posted soon atwww.spdfoundation.net/sosfeedingeducation.

17th International 3S Symposium, SPD:Strategies, Science, and Success

Save the Date: November 7-8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona

Bring a Workshop to You! 

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

 

The GOAL is an innovative new evaluation of functional motor abilities needed for daily living in children ages 7 to 17. Bring this one-day workshop to your community or state.

See more details

Happy New Year!

January 8th, 2014
We hope you all had a safe and joyful holiday season. We are looking forward to a sensational New Year filled with hope!
spdballsWelcoming New Hires!We are thrilled to announce Stephanie Capshaw as our new Education Manager/Senior Clinician!

Stephanie Capshaw, OTD, OTR will be developing and implementing the overall education plan for the Foundation as well as developing new content for our current programs to expand our offerings. She will also be a part of the STAR team of occupational therapists, evaluating and treating clients.

Stephanie comes to us from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) where she was the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Program and Clinical Associate Professor. Additionally during her time at UTEP, she taught courses in pediatric occupational therapy and served as the program’s Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

For over 14 years Stephanie has been a pediatric occupational therapist, providing services in the public school systems, and pediatric inpatient and outpatient settings. She holds specialty certificates in School-based Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, and Handwriting. Her research interests include pediatric occupational therapy, international adoption health, and sensory integration. We are delighted to have her join our team.

Welcome back Karin Buitendag, Occupational Therapy Supervisor at STAR Center.

Karin Buitendag, OTR, comes to us from South Africa. She was with us over one year ago before returning to South Africa for family reasons. Now, Karin has just moved back to the United States and we couldn’t be happier to be welcoming her back to our team.  Those who have had Karin as their child’s therapist know her to be of the highest caliber. That is one of the reasons our team of therapists welcome her back as the department’s supervisor. She is also a great mentor and has great experience in providing sensory therapy to children from various backgrounds and with a variety of needs like Sensory Processing Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities and general developmental delays. She is certified to administer the SIPT, is certified in Neuro-Developmental Therapy techniques and is trained in Therapeutic Listening. Welcome back, Karin!

Begin the New Year With Education

Intensive Mentorship:
Clinical Reasoning in Intervention

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This five-day program, headed by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR and Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR is a must-have for pediatric OTs wanting to learn the STAR Center Treatment Model, which focuses on intensive, short-term treatment along with family participation and parents-only educational sessions.The Intensive Mentorship Program is a small group setting where participants learn to apply clinical reasoning through live treatment observations, lectures, and analyses with experienced STAR Center therapists.Register before February 1 to receive 2013 pricing. Tuition will be increasing on February 1 to $1,595.

Details and registration here…  http://www.spdfoundation.net/mentorships.html

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Special Membership Benefits for YOU!

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The SPD Foundation membership benefits are better than ever before!*   A coupon for FlagHouse merchandise for the same value as your membership! And just in time for the holidays. Find hundreds of great toys, games, and equipment for those with SPD or other special needs.
*   Free All-STAR webinar series – a value of $105
*   Tax deductible
*   10% discount on all online training programs
*   And more…See all the benefits for individuals and professionals and sign up today…  http://spduniversity.org/spd-foundation-membership/

Save the Date for Our Banquet of Champions!

Banquet of Champions March 14, 2014
Denver, Colorado

This evening of entertainment and activities will honor champions in three categories: Champion of Inspiration, Champion of Passion, and Champion of Partnership. With lots of surprises in store for this evening, we are still in need of volunteers to help on our planning committees.

Planning committees consist of:

*   Table Captains/Auction Donations/Sponsors
*   Venue/Theme/Decorations
*   Program/Entertainment

If you are able to help in any capacity please contact Jodi Kinnen at info@spdfoundation.net

Our Wish for YOU in 2014

December 18th, 2013
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Our New Year Wish for You

 

As the New Year unfolds we hope it brings you new joys, beautiful moments, and SENSATIONALsurprises to cherish forever. Happy holidays from the staff at the SPD Foundation and STAR Center!

  

End of Year Reminders

 

Special Membership Benefits for YOU!

 

The SPD Foundation membership benefitsare better than ever before!

  • A coupon for FlagHouse merchandise for the same value as your membership! And just in time for the holidays. Find hundreds of great toys, games, and equipment for those with SPD or other special needs.
  • Free All-STAR webinar series – a value of $105
  • Tax deductible
  • 10% discount on all online training programs
  • And more…

See all the benefits for individuals and professionals and sign up today…

Mentorship Opportunities for OTs 

This five-day program, headed by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR and Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR is a must-have for pediatric OTs wanting to learn the STAR Center Treatment Model, which focuses on intensive, short-term treatment along with family participation and parents-only educational sessions.

 

The Intensive Mentorship Program is a small group setting where participants learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, treatment observations, and analyses with experienced STAR Center therapists.

 

There are still a few seats left for January 27-31, 2014 session. But don’t delay, seats are limited!

 

 

Details and registration here…

A Christmas Poem

 

 

T’was the Night Before an SPD Christmas

by Patty Porch (with her husband) and Hartley Steiner

 

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The snack packs, arranged on the counter with care,

In hopes, on our journey we’d be well prepared.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of Chex Mix danced in their heads;

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T’was the Night Before an SPD Christmas

December 13th, 2013

T’was the Night Before an SPD Christmas

By Patty Porch (with her husband) and Hartley Steiner

 

McBoatPhoto_SPDFWalk-82T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The snack packs, arranged on the counter with care,

In hopes, on our journey we’d be well prepared.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of Chex Mix danced in their heads;

 

Ma in her hoodie, and I in my sweats,

were to put away pillows and therapy nets.

When in the back room there arose such a clatter,

I ran at full sprint to see what was the matter.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a puzzled old man buried up to his ears,

(in scooter boards, swings, and small colored spheres.)

Poor devil had brushed ‘gainst our therapy stash,

When it came down around him it made such a crash!

 

Gracie coldHe recovered with grace, so lively and quick,

that I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

“What is all this stuff that you people collect?

Are you Circus performers?”–the old man interjects—

“I came here with toys, for the boys and your girl

But looking around I think ‘what in the world?’

 

This room that would normally have children’s stuff

Is packed to the gills with equipment enough

To start your own CIA torturing session!

Tell me I’m wrong and you’re not!” (oh good heavens!)

 

My wife and I snickered and held out our hands,

And reassured Nick we’d had no evil plans.

“Our kids have a condition; they have a hard time—

They yell when it smells and they climb up the blinds.

 

McBoatPhoto_SPDFWalk-65At first we didn’t know just what to think,

But eventually found an OT who could speak

To their curious quirks and aversion to crowds

And toothpaste and barbers and things that are loud.”

 

St. Nick answered back, “So, then they misbehave?”

We answered with, “Actually, no, they’re really quite brave.

Kids with SPD deal with all kinds of things,

Like big hugs, itchy tags, and loud alarm rings,

or can’t get enough and spend hours on swings.

You see, our children are sensitive to all that life brings.

Yet do very well with a consistent routine.

But it isn’t bad behavior you see when they yell,

but rather a problem that is hard to tell.

 

Our kids work hard, at therapy and play

Sending hours and hours and hours each day

Trying to find ways to control their bodies,

and working hard not to look naughty.

But what they need is understanding, and some help along the way,

Because our kids amaze us, each and every day.”

 

XmasThe old man looked surprised, at what we had shared,

small children with parents who did what we dared.

To seek out help, and look far and wide,

turning over each rock, letting nothing hide.

Until we found what they needed, what would make them feel whole,

For families like ours St. Nick couldn’t leave coal.

 

So, Nick with the bundle of toys on his back,

Frowned and thought, then sullenly sat,

(and mumbled to himself which took us aback):

“I’m quite at a loss, I don’t know what to give

To children who struggle while trying to live

In a world that is already noisy and bumpy

And twisty and scary and thorny and jumpy—”

 

snow! 011Then he rifled again through his sack and reposed

While he tugged at his beard, and scratched at his nose

(And he huffed and he chuffed and he shifted his clothes)

Then with a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

he drew the sack wide till the seams popped some threads,

dug in his hand and pulled out a small box

(with very small writing) –but before he could talk

He ungloved his hand to wipe soot from his eye

(Or was it a tear? Or perhaps a sty?)

 

So he bid us farewell, and went back to his work,

He filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

While giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

 

I said to Ma, as she turned towards the tree,

“Who knows what St. Nick left us, we’ll have to see.

Yet we gave him something great, I say with fairness,

we sent him on his way with a new found Awareness.”

Which is a gift to our kids, in a different kind of way,

Because when all understand SPD, that will be a new day!

 

Now we looked o’er the copious gifts left behind,

The tiny collages of paper and twine,

The moon-sparkled ribbons, the plastic that shined,

We spied the small box for the children to find.

“The best gifts can be pretty small–” Ma started then said,

“But our best gifts of all are still snuggled in bed.”

 

This Holiday season, you SPD Fathers and Mothers,

You cousins and nephews and sisters and brothers,

When you wake in the morning and throw off the covers

(And tear into presents while everyone hovers)

Do you think ‘Will I get what I wanted this year?’

Or realize ‘all that you need is right here!’

You might think it’s corny, but surely remember

your children are better than any gift in December.

 

And in case you were wondering what Santa had stashed,

It may not surprise you, it might make you laugh,

“What did the children receive?” you may ask?

Well when the snowy chips are down…

…even Santa gives cash.

 

Merry Christmas to all and to all 

a SENSATIONAL night!

 

 

Hartley Steiner lives in the Seattle area with her husband and their three sons, two of which are on the spectrum. Hartley is the award winning author of the SPD Children’s book This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, a contributing writer for the SPD Foundation’s blog, S.I. Focus Magazine and Autism Spectrum Quarterly.  Hartley chronicles the never ending chaos that is her life on the blog Hartley’s Life With 3 Boys. When she isn’t writing, or dealing with a meltdown, she enjoys spending time in the company of other adults preferably with good food and even better wine.

Patty Porch is from Central Illinois and is the mom of three crazy kids, two of whom have Sensory Processing Disorder.   Her oldest son also has high functioning autism.  A former English teacher, Patty currently stays home with the kids and blogs at Pancakes Gone Awry.   Her other interests include baking (which her kids wholeheartedly support), reading (kids: not so supportive, unless constant interruptions count as support) and exercising.

Social Emotional Development in Children

December 11th, 2013

Social and emotional development is critical for children’s daily life skills. Learn important facts and how you can help your child’s development.

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Building a Social Foundation:

Understanding the Development of Social Skills

 

Join Carrie Dishlip, M.S. CCC-SLP, one of STAR’s speech and language pathologists for a parent-friendly discussion on building social foundations. Learn about the typical social skill development, red flags for social concerns and what can be done to help your child build their social awareness and abilities.

 

Carrie has served as Augmentative and Alternative Communications Specialist and has advanced training in motor speech disorders including childhood apraxia of speech and dysarthria.

 

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Register for this one-hour recorded webinar here.