STAR Institute: A Paradigm Shift for Treatment and Research in Sensory Processing Disorder
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SKU: WA0415

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2015

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Non-Member Price: $149.00

Product Overview


Earn .35 AOTA CEU (3.75 NBCOT PDU/3.5 contact hours)



This institute presented at the 2015 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo is delivered in eight short segments and advances practice and research for children with Sensory Processing Disorder. A novel treatment approach is presented that is family focused, relationship and regulation based, and addresses outcomes related to improved participation in daily life. Research methods discussed focuses on the use of single subject designs compared to randomized controlled trials. These key areas are examined: an overview of SPD; validity of diagnosis; identification and synthesis of assessment findings; treatment using the STAR Treatment Model; research related to SPD treatment reflective supervision; and application to school-based practice.



Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L – STAR Center and SPD Foundation

Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L – STAR Center and SPD Foundation

Karin Buitendag, MA, OTR/L – STAR Center

Stephen Camarata, PhD – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Lisa Porter, MOT, OTR/L – Sensory Kids

Stephanie Capshaw, OTD, OTR/L – University of Texas at El Paso


Learning Objectives:

1. Define SPD and the features of the six proposed subtypes from the published SPD nosology (Miller et. al., 2007).


2. Describe findings from research studies suggesting that SPD is a valid diagnosis and that OT intervention is effective in ameliorating some key symptoms of the disorder.


3. Describe key components of the STAR Treatment Model, an approach that includes SI methods and focuses on social participation, relationship enhancement, and arousal regulation.


4. Explain the importance of mentoring and reflective supervision for professional growth and development.


5. Identify best practice school-based occupational therapy intervention including educationally relevant treatment implementation in the least restrictive environment for individuals with SPD.


CE Find Key Words: Sensory processing, children, school systems, SPD


Learning Level: Advanced


Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention


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All programs offered by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation?provide CEU credit to Occupational Therapists through the American Occupational Therapy Association.


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