14th International Symposium & Parent Workshop

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Sensory Processing Disorder Scientific Work Group

Boston, Massachusetts

Friday, March 16, 2012 – Pre-Symposium Parent Workshop
Saturday, March 17-Sunday, March 18, 2012 – International Symposium

Sensational Reasons to attend

  • A one-day, hands-on, information-packed, fun-filled Parent Workshop program.  Includes Introduction to SPD and lots of take- home sensory-based activities and strategies!
  • Two-day symposium with two tracks of presentations featuring SPD Scientific Work Group scientists joining us from around the country to share the latest SPD research findings
  • Networking opportunities with local colleagues and others from around the world
  • Exhibitors showcasing the newest and most advanced sensory solutions for professionals and parents
  • And so much more!


University of Massachusetts - Boston
Campus Center
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 287-4800
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Featured Speakers

Parent Workshop

Doreit S. Bialer, MA, OTR/L, national speaker and private practitioner
Diana Henry, MS, OTR, FAOTA, Henry Occupational Therapy Services, Inc.


Margaret L. Bauman, MD, Harvard Medical School

Ayelet Ben-Sasson, ScD, OT, University of Haifa, Israel

Alice Carter, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Patricia L. Davies, PhD, OTR, FAOTA Colorado State University

John J. Foxe, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

William J. Gavin, PhD, Colorado State University

Moya Kinnealey, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Temple University

Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR, The Spiral Foundation

Shelly Lane, PhD, OTR, Department of OT, Virginia Commonwealth University

Edward D. Levin, PhD, Duke University Medical Center

Elysa Marco, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Teresa A. May Benson, ScD, OTR, The Spiral Foundation

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

David Pauls, PhD, Harvard Medical School

Rosalind Picard, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stacey Reynolds, PhD, OTR, Department of OT, Virginia Commonwealth University

Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR, Thomas Jefferson University

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation



Parent Workshop – Friday, March 16, 2012
Sensory-based Strategies for Home, School and Community
The basics on sensory processing disorder for parents, grandparents, caregivers and anyone wanting to learn sensory strategies for everyday life.  Program includes: 

  • an introduction to sensory processing disorder with examples by Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR
  • tips for successful play by Doreit S. Bialer, MA, OTR/L, author of No Longer A SECRET: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Motor Challenges
  •  AND take away sensory-based strategies for home, school and community from Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR. This will be a hands-on fun workshop filled with movement, music, bouncy balls, stretching, pushing pulling and calming for children of all ages (including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary age children and adolescents) as well as the adults participating! Opportunities for teaming and time for questions will be provided.

Bring an exercise ball if you can!  Will also feature parent stories to bring hope and inspire you. 


Meet Sarge!

A little wine, some mingling and lots of laughter.

Enjoy an evening of sidesplitting humor with the musically talented, hilarious Sarge. Take a break from learning and join us for a complimentary wine and cheese reception and a performance that will have you laughing until you cry!

Sarge is a film, television and stage entertainer who has performed worldwide to adoring audiences.  

When: Saturday, March 17
Where: UMASS Campus Center
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
Time: 5:15-5:45 Wine and cheese  6:00-7:00 Comedy performance*

Cost: Free for Symposium Attendees!
$25 for general public or guests of Symposium Attendees

Donations are welcome.

Please RSVP to this event when you register for the symposium by selecting the optional COMEDY EVENT on the symposium registration shopping cart. 

General Public wishing to purchase tickets for this event must register via the Symposium Registration site and select SARGE Comedy Event Only option. 

* Note this performance in Boston will be a comedy show only; future events in New York, Denver and Washington D.C. will be musical/comedy performances. Must be 21 or older

International Symposium – Saturday, March 17-Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sensational Progress:  Advances in Sensory Processing Disorder
Join us for a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the SPD Scientific Work Group founded by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR!  SPD Scientific Work Group members include scientists from prestigious universities and organizations from around the US and the world.  This unique event will showcase the work of the SPD Scientific Work Group and you will hear the very latest findings in SPD diagnosis, treatment, etiology, neurophysiology and other cutting-edge topics by our eminent scientists. 

Includes intermediate to advanced-level presentations for occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, educators, research scientists, psychologists, physicians and others interested in SPD.


1 Day 2 Days 3 Days
Discounted through Feb 17
Professional $199
Professional Member $179
Parent/Student $149
Family Member $129
Regular Tuition after Feb 17
Professional $229
Professional Member Click to learn about membership $179
Parent/Student $169
Family MemberClick to learn about membership $129




DoubleTree Club Boston Bayside
240 Mt Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 822-3600
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Reserve now at the SPD Foundation Symposium rate of $119 per night. Limited availability! Reserve by March 1st!


Exceptional Exhibitors

Please join us at the Exhibition Hall showcasing the latest products and sensory solutions for professionals and parents.

For Exhibitor and Sponsorship information, please download the rates and registration forms from the links below. For additional information please email us at info@spdfoundation.net or call Sue at 303-865-7638.


Gold Exhibitors



Silver Exhibitors



Bronze Exhibitors

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