Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist

November 16th, 2012

Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist

Many of the symptoms listed in the following categories are common to that particular age group. Where more than a few symptoms are found in a child, we recommend you talk to your doctor or check the SPD Foundation’s Treatment Directory for a professional experienced with treating Sensory Processing Disorder.*

Infant/ Toddler Checklist:
____ My infant/toddler has problems eating.
____ My infant/toddler refused to go to anyone but me.
____ My infant/toddler has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
____ My infant/toddler is extremely irritable when I dress him/her; seems to be uncomfortable in clothes.
____ My infant/toddler rarely plays with toys, especially those requiring dexterity.
____ My infant/toddler has difficulty shifting focus from one object/activity to another.
____ My infant/toddler does not notice pain or is slow to respond when hurt.
____ My infant/toddler resists cuddling, arches back away from the person holding him.
____ My infant/toddler cannot calm self by sucking on a pacifier, looking at toys, or listening to my voice.
____ My infant/toddler has a “floppy” body, bumps into things and has poor balance.
____ My infant/toddler does little or no babbling, vocalizing.
____ My infant/toddler is easily startled.
____ My infant/toddler is extremely active and is constantly moving body/limbs or runs endlessly.
____ My infant/toddler seems to be delayed in crawling, standing, walking or running.

Pre-School Checklist:
____ My child has difficulty being toilet trained.
____ My child is overly sensitive to stimulation, overreacts to or does not like touch, noise, smells, etc.
____ My child is unaware of being touched/bumped unless done with extreme force/intensity.
____ My child has difficulty learning and/or avoids performing fine motor tasks such as using crayons and     fasteners on clothing.
____ My child seems unsure how to move his/her body in space, is clumsy and awkward.
____ My child has difficulty learning new motor tasks.
____ My child is in constant motion.
____ My child gets in everyone else’s space and/or touches everything around him.
____ My child has difficulty making friends (overly aggressive or passive/ withdrawn).
____ My child is intense, demanding or hard to calm and has difficulty with transitions.
____ My child has sudden mood changes and temper tantrums that are unexpected.
____ My child seems weak, slumps when sitting/standing; prefers sedentary activities.
____ It is hard to understand my child’s speech.
____ My child does not seem to understand verbal instructions.

School Age:
___ My child is overly sensitive to stimulation, overreacts to or does not like touch, noise, smells, etc.
___ My child is easily distracted in the classroom, often out of his/her seat, fidgety.
___ My child is easily overwhelmed at the playground, during recess and in class.
___ My child is slow to perform tasks.
___ My child has difficulty performing or avoids fine motor tasks such as handwriting.
___ My child appears clumsy and stumbles often, slouches in chair.
___ My child craves rough housing, tackling/wrestling games.
___ My child is slow to learn new activities.
___ My child is in constant motion.
___ My child has difficulty learning new motor tasks and prefers sedentary activities.
___ My child has difficulty making friends (overly aggressive or passive/ withdrawn).
___ My child ïgets stuck’ on tasks and has difficulty changing to another task.
___ My child confuses similar sounding words, misinterprets questions or requests.
___ My child has difficulty reading, especially aloud.
___ My child stumbles over words; speech lacks fluency, and rhythm is hesitant.

Adolescent/Adult:
___ I am over-sensitive to environmental stimulation: I do not like being touched.
___ I avoid visually stimulating environments and/or I am sensitive to sounds.
___ I often feel lethargic and slow in starting my day.
___ I often begin new tasks simultaneously and leave many of them uncompleted.
___ I use an inappropriate amount of force when handling objects.
___ I often bump into things or develop bruises that I cannot recall.
___ I have difficulty learning new motor tasks, or sequencing steps of a task.
___ I need physical activities to help me maintain my focus throughout the day.
___ I have difficulty staying focused at work and in meetings.
___ I misinterpret questions and requests, requiring more clarification than usual.
___ I have difficulty reading, especially aloud.
___ My speech lacks fluency, I stumble over words.
___ I must read material several times to absorb the content.
___ I have trouble forming thoughts and ideas in oral presentations.

*While this checklist can’t diagnose a child with SPD, it can be a helpful guide to see if additional testing should be done. When filling out this checklist, think about the child’s behavior during the past six months.

© STAR Center, 2006, reprinted with permission

We Can’t Do It Without You!

November 13th, 2012

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Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 4.

You don’t have to live in Colorado to participate in Colorado Gives Day. This is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And by giving on this day, the value of your gift is increased. Last year we raised $12,840 on this single day! Please consider making your annual donation on this day.

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, donations are accepted through GivingFirst.org, an online giving resource.

  • -100% of every donation comes directly to us with no fees
  • -The FirstBank Incentive Fund increases the value of every dollar donated*
  • -Donating online at GivingFirst.org is easy, safe and secure

*Please note that FirstBank is providing $300,000 for the Incentive Fund and will be proportionately allocated across all donations received on Colorado Gives day.

Donate online at any time during the 24-hour period of December 4 to “give where you live!” Schedule your donation for December 4 by clicking on the DONATE NOW button and checking the box to schedule your donation for Colorado Gives Day.

Every donation will help fund our research, education and advocacy programs that give hope and help to children with SPD and their families.

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December Mentorship is Almost Full

November 6th, 2012

Only a few seats left in our December

Intensive Mentorship Program

December 3-7, 2012

Don’t miss out. Reserve your seat today!

IMG_3204“I think what this kind of mentorship offers, versus any other kind of educational opportunity, is the chance to be with other professionals and really absorb the information. Getting to learn directly from Lucy and other researchers – not just research, but the application of the research for our profession – has been so exciting for me.”

– Tara Delaney

Benefits include:

  • Learning in a small group setting, mentored by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, Sarah A. Schoen, Ph.D., OTR and other skilled faculty
  • Observation of live therapy sessions conducted by experienced STAR Center therapists
  • Networking with other experienced clinicians
  • Resource materials for use in your own practice
  • Competency credentials, proficiency certificate and approximately 3.2 AOTA CEUs
  • Free professional membership for life!

Topics covered in Level 1 Mentorship – Clinical Reasoning in Intervention:

  • Definitions of SPD subtypes
  • Differential diagnosis of SPD subtypes
  • Use of standardized scales, clinical observation, and published parent/teacher report measures in assessment
  • Clinical reasoning tools for treatment planning
  • Application and components of the STAR Center Model of Intervention
  • A SECRET problem solving method for parents and teachers

2013 Level 1 Mentorship Dates:

February 18-22

March 18-22

June 10-14

July 8-12

August 12-16

November 4-8

To register, visit www.SPDFoundation.net/mentorships

AOTA

Final Days to Register for This Friday’s Gala

October 16th, 2012

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Enjoy an evening of entertainment while benefiting children in need.

Entertainment will include two complimentary wine tickets, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, and live music. Over one hundred silent auction items will be available for bidding and a fun-filled live auction will complete the evening.

Click on Event Summary below and go to Auction Items to see a sampling of silent and live auction items.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the SPD FoundationSTAR Center, and DTC Rotary Foundation.

WHEN

October 19, 2012

WHERE

Glenmoor Country Club

110 Glenmoor Drive, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

TICKET PRICES

EVENT SUMMARY

PLEASE RSVP ONLINE BY

October 16, 2012

Early-Bird Discount Ending Soon: Feeding Workshop

October 10th, 2012

Featuring:

Kay A. Toomey, PhD, pediatric psychologist and Clinical Director of SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family-centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems.

Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP, specializes in evaluating and treating feeding and growth problems in medically-fragile infants and children and is a member of the SOS Feeding Solutions at the STAR Center.

CB101818Basic 3-day Workshop

The SOS Approach to Feeding is a transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating feeding difficulties and weight/growth problems in children of all ages, with a special focus on children from 12 months to 5 years old. It integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. This is a prerequisite for attending Advanced Workshops.

Advanced Workshop

This workshop has been designed to further the skills of professionals who have already attended an SOS Approach to Feeding Basic Workshop. The topics covered will delineate special concepts and treatment variations which are helpful for specific populations of feeding problems. The topics will also expand the professionals’ current skill level by giving additional and more refined strategies for making food choices, for how to best adhere to systematic desensitization criteria, for improving growth, and for partnering with parents to achieve a more rapid and thorough carry-over into the home.

Advanced Topics: (1) Feeding the 6 to 16-month old Child, (2) Food Tolerance Decision Making and (3) Working with Children with Severe Developmental Impairments

Location/Dates:

November 29-December 2, 2012 Raleigh, North Carolina

REGISTER NOW

Who Should Attend:

Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Educators, Early Intervention Specialists, Nurses, Physicians, Dietitians, Psychologists, Mental Health Professionals, Educators and other Child Care Providers.

Continuing Education:

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

AOTA

Register Now for the Gala and Auction Event – Only a Few Weeks Away

October 3rd, 2012

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Enjoy an evening of entertainment while benefiting children in need.

Entertainment will include two complimentary wine tickets, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, and live music. One hundred silent auction items will be available for bidding and a fun-filled live auction will complete the evening.

Click on Event Summary below and go to Auction Items to see a sampling of silent and live auction items.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the SPD Foundation, STAR Center, and DTC Rotary Foundation.

WHEN

October 19, 2012

WHERE

Glenmoor Country Club

110 Glenmoor Drive, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

TICKET PRICES

EVENT SUMMARY

RSVP

October 5, 2012

Symposium Discount Ends in 5 Days!

September 25th, 2012

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EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

15th International Symposium

November 2-3, 2012

Sacramento, California

SPD Foundation and Sensory World/Future Horizons invite you to:

The Three R’s of Sensory Processing Disorder:

Research, Regulation and Relationships

Who should attend…

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, early intervention specialists, nurses, physicians, mental health workers and parents and others interested in SPD.

Sensational reasons to attend…

Presentations from prominent leaders in SPD research and intervention

Networking opportunities with local colleagues and others from around the world

Opportunity to meet other Sensational parents at the parent luncheons

Special group discount rates for professionals and parents

boy in vineyardKeynote Speakers:

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Elysa Marco, MD

Sharon Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Clifford Saron, PhD

Also featuring:

Lisa deFaria, LCSW, BCD

Ryan E. Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP, Social Cognitive Therapist

Leah Kuypers, MA Ed, OTR/L

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR

Parent Luncheons Both Days:

A unique opportunity to converse with experts in the field of SPD

Connect with other parents of Sensational Kids

Guest hosts include:

Tara Delaney, MS, OTR

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR

And others!

Where:

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.447.1700

Book rooms @ $119 per night through 10/17

Early-bird Discount ends September 30

Details and complete agenda


Intensive Mentorship:

Clinical Reasoning in Intervention

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Only a few seats left in our December session

December 3-7, 2012

3613_star center_lucy miller_20100210Join 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 using our new outdoor sensory playground!

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

2013 Level ! Mentorship Dates

February 18-22

March 25-29

June 10-14

July 8-12

August 12-16

November 4-8

Great News for SPD Foundation and STAR Center

September 19th, 2012

We have so many exciting things going on at the SPD Foundation and STAR Center: A NEW PLAYGROUND, A GALA AND AUCTION EVENT, SENSATION CELEBRATION EVENTS AND A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR! Read all about them.

Nacho Men_village_peopleOur new sensory playground is finally built thanks to Landscape Structures, Kahn Construction, Split Rail Fence and Carts of Colorado! Please join us for our grand opening and kick-off to National Sensory Awareness Month.

When: Saturday, September 29

11am – 2pm

Where: STAR Center & SPD Foundation parking lot

5420 South Quebec Street

Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111

Entertainment: The Nacho Men, kid’s activities and barbecue

Cost: In advance: Adults – $15; Ages 12-17 – $10; children under 12 – free
At the door: Adults – $20, Ages 12-17 – $15; children under 12 – free

Tickets: Buy now

Donations are greatly appreciated and every dollar donated (up to $5000) will be matched TWICE by Presenting Sponsor, Cargill.

SPD Gala_176x143For the Love of Children, Gala and Auction

When: Friday, October 19

6pm – 9:30pm

Where: Glenmoor Country Club

110 Glenmmor Drive

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 80113

Entertainment: Jazz quartet, food, cocktails, silent and live auctions

Cost: $75 per person (adults only)

Tickets: Buy now

Sensation Celebrations

Events are being organized all over the world to raise awareness of sensory challenges and funds in support of SPD research, education and advocacy.

Plan or attend a Sensation Celebration in your area. See the Organizer Page on our website for all the tools, forms, handouts, etc. that you will need to run a successful event. Or join a Sensation Celebration event in your area.  Contact Susanne Geiler to become an organizer.

Sheryl Benjamin

Sheryl Benjamin

New Executive Director, Sheryl Benjamin

Don’t worry. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller is still here! Lucy is thrilled to be able to focus on writing her next book and being the clinical director of STAR, which will permit direct contact with more parents and continued training and mentorship of professionals.

Our new director, Sheryl Benjamin has spent the past twelve years as executive director of the Vascular Disease Foundation, and brings a wealth of experience with her. She will focus on managing day-to-day operations and fundraising for STAR Center Foundation and the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation. Welcome, Sheryl!

SPD University Discount Ends Sunday!

September 13th, 2012

Hurry, introductory offer ends THIS SUNDAY, September 16!

SPDU computer_coffee cupThis AOTA accredited program includes one hour of Dr. A. Jean Ayres in the clinic, 3 hours of specific information about Sensory Modulation Disorder and intervention strategies, and 3 hours of training in the Miller Assessment for Preschoolers (MAP) and FirstSTEp.

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LAST CHANCE for this special offer:

  • – free with purchase of another course
  • All other courses 50% off
  • Save up to $345!

Preview the FREE one-hour overview:

Dr. A. Jean Ayres

Dr. A. Jean Ayres

We know it may not be possible for clinicians, educators, medical professionals or parents to attend out-of-state conferences and seminars. Our new e-Learning program is taught by experts in the field of Sensory Processing Disorder. The SPD University online courses are available in the comfort of your home or office, day or night and are broken up into convenient 15-minute segments.

Features include:

  • Engaging videos of children during treatment at the STAR Center in Colorado
  • Strategies for home, community, school and clinic intervention
  • Real-life parent stories from personal experience
  • Training in the principles of Miller’s STAR Center model of intervention

“Thank you for creating SPD University! I highly suspect my child has SPD. After watching the video I feel a greater sense of support and renewed hope for a better life for my child. Thank you for all the work you do and have done.”
~ Kati England

“I wish that all of the families I work with would watch this course. Even after completing the level 1 and 2 mentorship, I felt like it was a great refresher and I appreciated hearing different ways of phrasing SPD constructs and ideas.”
~ Robyn Chu

Visit now!

AOTA

SPD Symposium Discount Ends Soon

September 6th, 2012

SensoryWorld-Color

SPD Foundation_Horz_CMYK

EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS SEPTEMBER 30

15th International Symposium

November 2-3, 2012

Sacramento, California

SPD Foundation and Sensory World/Future Horizons invite you to:

The Three R’s of Sensory Processing Disorder:

Research, Regulation and Relationships

Who should attend…

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, early intervention specialists, nurses, physicians, mental health workers and parents and others interested in SPD.

Sensational reasons to attend…

Presentations from prominent leaders in SPD research and intervention

Networking opportunities with local colleagues and others from around the world

Opportunity to meet other Sensational parents at the parent luncheons

Special group discount rates for professionals and parents

boy in vineyardKeynote Speakers:

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Elysa Marco, MD

Sharon Cermak, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Clifford Saron, PhD

Also featuring:

Lisa deFaria, LCSW, BCD

Ryan E. Hendrix, MS, CCC-SLP, Social Cognitive Therapist

Leah Kuypers, MA Ed, OTR/L

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR

Parent Luncheons Both Days:

A unique opportunity to converse with experts in the field of SPD

Connect with other parents of Sensational Kids

Guest hosts include:

Tara Delaney, MS, OTR

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR

And others!

Where:

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.447.1700

Book rooms @ $119 per night through 10/17

Early-bird Discount ends September 30

Details and complete agenda