Participate in a fun research study!

We are looking for typically developing children and children diagnosed with SPD between the ages of 6 and 17 to participate in a fun brainwaves study as a complete screener.

If you would like to complete the screening questions via the internet, please click on box below

The study is being conducted at the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in Greenwood Village, CO.
The evaluation takes less than an hour, while the EEG study takes about 3-5 hours with breaks. We can work around your schedule, even on weekends.

The goal of this study is to understand how the brain processes sensory stimuli in typically developing children and children with sensory processing disorder.
We use EEG to observe the reaction of a childs brain while they watch a movie, listen to sounds, view images, and feel vibrations on their wrist. The information we collect could be useful to further understand the causes of sensory disorders, leading to better therapies to improve the lives of children and families who are affected.

EEG stands for electroencephalography and is a simple, painless way for us to observe the brains processes. A cap with 32 sensors is worn while your child watches a video or plays a simple computer game. A small amount of gel is applied to the childs head to help the sensors pick up a signal. The gel will be removed with a washcloth before you child leaves. Any remaining gel will come off easily the next time your childs hair is washed.

You will receive a $40 Target gift card for your participation.

* $40 upon completion of the full study. Call for details.

Plus, you and your child will get to see what their brain waves look like! How cool is that?



Our Research Team

Jillian C. Sullivan, PhD

Our child-friendly team is composed of highly trained research scientists and therapists who are bridging the gap between the clinical and research worlds.

Studies indicate that 1 in 20 children experiences symptoms of SPD that are significant enough to affect their ability to participate in everyday life.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological disorder causing difficulties with taking in, processing and responding to sensory information about the environment and from within ones own body. Sensory signals are misinterpreted by the brain and inappropriate responses result.

For most children, processing what they see, hear, and feel is automatic and does not disrupt their thoughts or behavior. But for some children, this process of combining information from the various senses (sight, touch, and hearing), creates problems. Sensory integration difficulties can be associated with poor social interaction, self-regulation, and self-esteem.

This project has been reviewed by the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Institutional Review Board (IRB).

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