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The Changing Landscape of Sensory Processing Disorder

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JUST ANNOUNCED:

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!
AND MORE…

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:

www.regonline.com/spdsymposium-tempe

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.”

Summertime, Summertime, Summertime

GianettiBookCover150Michele Gianetti: Life With SPD and Dyspraxia – June 26, 2014

This is my first post in a while due to the recent death of my beloved Dad and then following immediately on its heels was the start of summer.  Wow, it was quite the emotional and exhausting Spring.

I think I am just getting my “sea-legs” for Summer.   We started the summer with a biking camp for Elizabeth.

Read the full article…

[Source: www.michelegianetti.com]

Exciting Research News – From the SPD Foundation and STAR Center

Early Research Findings Demonstrate the Value of Treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder

joshua1The SPD Foundation has just released preliminary results documenting the effectiveness of the STAR treatment model for children with SPD. Significant improvements were reported in adaptive behavior and emotional functioning after intensive, short-term occupational therapy.

Ninety-eight children were assessed at home, school and in the community using the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System II, a comprehensive, norm-referenced tool for assessing adaptive behavior and skills. Results show that after 30 therapy sessions, 3-5 times a week, children ages 2-13 improved an average of twelve percentile points across the parent-report scale. Overall, children demonstrated significant change, moving from the ‘below average’ range to within the typical range after treatment.

Behavior problems such as anxiety, attention, hyperactivity and aggression were also measured during the same timeframe using the Behavior Assessment System for Children – 2nd ed., with gains of between 13 and 18 percentile points on all clinical composite scores. Overall, children were reported to have significantly fewer problematic behaviors after treatment.

These findings show changes in adaptive behavior and emotional functioning, both of which are directly related to improvements visible in daily life.

The SPD Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with SPD and their families by conducting and collaborating in rigorous research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of SPD.

 

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Is SPD a Real Medical Condition?

New Republic just published an article “Is Sensory Processing Disorder a Real Medical Condition?”  We hope the article fosters thought and dialogue, and we urge readers to investigate all viewpoints.

In response, the Huffington Post posted a story from a parent who does think SPD is a real medical condition — telling a personal story of what SPD means for their family.

The SPD Foundation and STAR Center are dedicated to supporting evidenced-based research to understand SPD and to find effective treatments so that children and families can get the tools and help they need to manage a debilitating condition that can affect their education, socialization and livelihood.

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Toddler-in-Ball-PitPlease help – the article above is proof that the future holds promise for answers about SPD! 

If each person receiving this email were to give just $10, we would reach our goal of $72,000.

 

Why do we need funding?

Donations will be used to provide therapy and cover expenses for travel to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to participate in having brain scans before and after therapy.

We are so encouraged by the groundbreaking study by UCSF researches last July that we want to delve deeper.  The study showed MRI scans which documented differences in the brains of children with SPD from the brains of children with Autism and ADHD–confirming a biological basis for the disorder.

Earlier this month “The Washington Post” published an article about the legitimacy of SPD. SPD affects more than four million children in the United States alone—an average of one child in every classroom. And yet there’s debate over whether SPD is a discrete medical disorder. The more concrete evidence we can provide, will ultimately enable families to access resources and help for SPD.

 

Just $10 will go a long way in reaching our goal.

Text SPD to 501501 and $10 will support this research.

A $10 charge will appear on your phone bill.*

Or, you can donate $10 or more here with a secure online donation:  https://www.coloradogives.org/helpspd

Please donate $10 or more today and help show the real impact of therapy.

 

*A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the SPD Foundation by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 501501; text HELP to 50101 for help. Private policy.

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We Hit a Milestone!

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We hope to grow that number as we continue to strive to help others with SPD and share what we know. We would love it if you would like us!

 

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Shareworthy News

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller submitted an article “Fact or Fiction: The Truth About Sensory Processing Disorders” online in Mediaplanet’s Disability Empowerment campaign distributed by The Washington Post.  Visit the site to learn more about overcoming obstacles often faced by people with disabilities.

 

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Tournament of Hope was Fun and Exceeded its Goal

golfOur second annual Tournament of Hope FORE SPD Foundation was a sensational success! Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed a fun filled morning on the beautiful Pradera course, especially our Tournament Chair, Joan Miller and our Celebrity Chair former Denver Bronco, Brandon Stokley. We had over 80 golfers who helped raise awareness for SPD and the $27,000 raised will go towards our research. And the event was on the CBS Denver news!

 

You can check out pictures from the event on our Facebook page!

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially our Par Sponsors — Summit Bank and Trust and Miller and Steiert, P.C. for their continued support. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year.

 

 

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Save the Date for Playground Rock!

Saturday, August 16, 11:00am – 2:00pm 

 Kids of all ages will have a blast playing on our unique playground equipment.

  • Food!
  • Face painting!
  • Dancing to The Nacho Men band!
  • Fun games, activities and prizes!
  • Every child will receive a goody bag and food, and yummy snow cones - all included!

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ADULTS: $10

KIDS ages 3 to 17: $5

Kids under 2 FREE

This popular event raises money for the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and STAR Center.

 

For more information and to sign up, please visit:

www.regonline.com/playgroundrock

 

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Picnics on the Playground

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We are so excited to let you know about a couple of opportunities to have fun at STAR Center’s Sensory Playground, share time with other kids and parents, and chat with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Playground picnic time will be happening all summer (weather permitting)! Bring your picnic and something to sit on and have a great time. Please RSVP to 303-221-7827. Walk-ins also welcome if you can’t reach us in time to RSVP.

 

Lunch with Lucy

12:00 noon-1:00pm

July 23

July 30

August 6 (Karin Buitendag will be standing in for Lucy)

August 13

August 20

 

Evening: Picnic in the Park with Lucy

5:00pm-7:00pm

July 23

August 27

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Is Sensory Processing Disorder a Real Medical Condition?

New Republic recently published the article titled Is Sensory Processing Disorder a Real Medical Condition”. We hope the article fosters thought and dialogue, and we urge readers to investigate all viewpoints. In response, the Huffington Post posted a story titled, How I Know That Sensory Processing Disorder is Real” from a parent who does think SPD is a real medical condition — telling a personal story of what SPD means for their family. The SPD Foundation and STAR Center are dedicated to supporting evidenced-based research to understand SPD and to find effective treatments so that children and families can get the tools and help they need to manage a debilitating condition that can affect their education, socialization and livelihood.

 

July’s Sale for Online Learning

This Month’s FREE Course is All About Summer!

July BONUS: All STAR Lecture 7: SPD and Summer Fun- FREE with any purchase of $50 or more. Enjoy this upbeat presentation with strategies to help with transitioning from school to summer and get some ideas for great summer fun activities.

 

Members…

Receive all seven All STAR Lectures FREE and access them anytime! PLUS receive 20% off all purchases through August!

 

Become a member today and receive the extra summer specials too.

 

Great Topics Available 24/7 Including:

  • Courses include the subtypes of SPDand strategies for home school, and clinic and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding Advanced Topics
  • SymposiaHighlights from the 14th and the16th International 3S Symposia, SPD: Strategies, Science, and Success
  • Webinars including the All STAR LectureSeries and the Assessments Webinar Series with the Overview of Pediatric Assessments, two-part series on the M-FUN (Miller Function and Participation Scales) and Social/Emotional scales and Clinical Co-Morbidities

Go online to read full details and register for online products today!

 

And Now a Word From My Handler

Coming To My Senses: A Journey into Sensory Processing Disorder, Rachel Schneider – June 23, 2014

I think we’re about to make adult SPD blogging history here. I am proud to present to you a guest post by my husband Josh about living and loving someone with SPD (that’d be me). SPD partners are not alone in their efforts to understand the complexities of the condition as much as SPDers are not alone in their own sensory struggles and triumphs. By sharing our stories, we remind ourselves that what may feel like isolated and unusual experiences are quite common for many.

What’s it like to be married to a person with SPD? Step into Josh’s funny, wacky world and take a peek.

On behalf of all adult SPDers, thanks to the husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, and true loves in between that make our adulthoods that much easier.
-Rachel

Greetings, Coming to My Senses readers!

I have commandeered this blog, and if nobody moves, nobody gets hurt! I don’t want any funny business! Are you ready? Good.

My name is Josh Erich, and as you may or may not know, I am married to the lovely Rachel Schneider, one of the up-and-coming names in the world of SPD, amassing an army of followers set to destroy all strobing lights and loud noises and icky feeling things from existence. Some of these people have gone so far as to ask Rachel about me and what it’s like for me to be married to a person with SPD.

Read the full article…

[Source: comingtosenses.blogspot.com]

 

SPD: A Sad, Brutally Honest Account of a Child with An Invisible Disability with A Happy Ending

Chicago Now, Leslie Kahn – June 12, 2014

Our now 13 year old adopted son was diagnosed with SPD at age 3, although at that time, it was the “flavor of the month” disorder and just about every little boy was diagnosed with it, so we more or less discounted that diagnosis. But, as he got older and older, we began to realize that was exactly what was causing so many of his baffling behaviors.

We started to read up about it, starting with the eye opening and still relevant The Out of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz. The more we read, the more we saw our child. We also found our way to a fantastic website, www.spdfoundation.net The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation which has a checklist of all the symptoms of SPD. When our son was very young, we checked just about all of them.

Read the full article…

[Source: www.chicagonow.com/soapbox-momma]

Announcing Free Summer Special

A Different Course Will Be Offered FREE Each Month From June-August!

June BONUS: Course #100 – In the Clinic with Dr. A. Jean Ayres is FREE with any purchase of $50 or more. Watch for new specials in June and July.
And there’s more…
Members receive 20% off June-August in addition to FREE access to Course #100! Become a member today and receive the extra summer specials too.

 

Get your summer special online learning here!

Great Topics Available 24/7 Including:

  • Courses include the subtypes of SPD and strategies for home  school, and clinic and the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding Advanced Topics
  • Symposia Highlights from the 14th and the 16th International 3S Symposia, SPD: Strategies, Science, and Success
  • Webinars including the All STAR Lecture Series and the Assessments Webinar Series with the Overview of Pediatric Assessments, two-part series on the M-FUN (Miller Function and Participation Scales) and Social/Emotional Scales and Clinical Co-Morbidities

Go online to read full details!

Register for online products today!

A Passion for Helping Others and and More: E-Newsletter from the SPD Foundation and STAR Center

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. The following story was submitted by an extraordinary person whose brother has SPD and she has a passion for helping others.

 

Let it Glow By Abigayle Fisch

 

Let it glow. I believe that to have your day brightened, you must brighten someone else’s first. When you give of yourself to others, you actually receive. When you give, you get. It’s simple, the light you have inside of you; your soul and love, can only become brighter, if you help to brighten someone else’s.

 

Read more…

 

Send your story to info@spdfoundation.net.

Jack’s Link

Meet Jack, 

the SPD Foundation’s Junior Champion of Hope for 2014! 

As our Junior Champion of Hope we will bring updates to you on what he’s up to.

 

We asked Jack what his summer plans are. He has lots of plans and isn’t going to let his SPD slow him down!

 

This summer Jack will be:

1. Zipping around on his scooter

2. Frolicking at the beach with family and friends.

3. He is also going on an exciting adventure to Ireland in a big airplane.

4. Then it’s back to summer school for 4 weeks.

 

He hopes everyone has a fun summer too!

 

We’ll check in on Jack at the end of the summer to see how these plans worked out. Stay tuned!

Picnics on the Playground

We are so excited to let you know about a couple of opportunities to have fun at STAR Center’s Sensory Playground, share time with other kids and parents, and chat with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Playground picnic time will be happening all summer (weather permitting)! Bring your picnic and something to sit on and have a great time. Please RSVP to 303-221-7827. Walk-ins also welcome if you can’t reach us in time to RSVP.

Lunch with Lucy

12:00 noon-1:00pm

June 25

July 23

July 30

August 6 (Karin Buitendag will be standing in for Lucy)

August 13

August 20

Evening: Picnic in the Park with Lucy

5:00pm-7:00pm

July 23

August 27

We look forward to seeing you!

Save the Date for Playground Rock!

August 16, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Kids of all ages will have a blast playing on our unique playground equipment. There will be food, face painting, dancing to The Nacho Men band, fun games, activities and prizes! Every child will receive a goody bag and food, and yummy snow cones - all included!

ADULTS: $10

KIDS*: $5 (ages 3 to 17) 

*Kids under 2 FREE

This popular event raises money for the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and STAR Center.

For more information and to sign up, please visit:

 

Get to Know Us

 

In coming issues we will introduce you to our staff and volunteers who help us in so many ways, each and every day!

Kathryn E. Miller

Kathryn Miller has been a dedicated volunteer board member since the inception of the SPD Foundation and served as president for 7 years. When she began on the Board, the Foundation was a vision but not yet a reality. Katy’s time, ideas, guidance, wisdom and unending support has contributed significantly to the foundation’s progress as well as growth of the board of directors. Katy graduated from Dartmouth College in 1977 and received her law degree in 1980 from the University of Denver College of Law. She began her legal career with Holland & Hart, primarily emphasizing employment and labor law. Since 1985, she has been with Miller & Steiert P.C. Katy shows her heart through her giving of time and resources to countless causes. She is involved in elders rights, women’s rights and disenfranchised populations. She is actively involved in supporting special Olympics by coordinating downhill skiing events every weekend. Katy is deeply committed to the Foundation, her family and her profession.

Please help us by posting a review of the STAR Center on social media websites!

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

Facebook:

After you log into 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!

 

We’re Coming to Arizona in November!

Arizona
17th International 3S Symposium and Expo 

Friday, November 07, 2014 7:30 AM -
Saturday, November 08, 2014 5:00 PM (Mountain Time)
The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
(480) 894-1400
60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
United States
 
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Don’t miss this thought-provoking workshop with distinguished speakers. Participate in activities designed to expand your ability to think critically about Sensory Processing Disorder. There is no other symposium like it!
  • Latest on evidence-based treatment
  • Presentations by leaders in the field
  • Strategies to use in schools and clinics
  • Practice management help – reimbursement and health care changes that can impact your practice
  • Network with colleagues, fun interactive activities, lunch with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoen

Who should attend: 
occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, early intervention specialists, nurses, physicians, mental health workers and parents

Register Now