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 Export to Your Calendar 5/21/2020 to 5/22/2020
When: 21-22 May, 2020
8:30 am-5:30 pm
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Sensory Stars
48 Ash Road
Atholl, Johannesburg 2196
South Africa
Contact: Jennifer Kirk

Online registration is available until: 5/11/2020
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Co-hosted by Sensory Stars and Cape Town Therapy Hub


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Who should attend

Learning Objectives

Continuing Education

Cancellation Policy

Program Outline

This "hybrid" intensive training course supportsthe clinician to gain an advanced understanding of sensory processing and integration theory, the STAR Frame of Reference, evaluation, and various strategies of intervention. The clinician will learn to applyclinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation and analysis with experienced STAR InstituteFaculty.

11 hours of recorded course content will be made available online through SPD University and is a required prerequisite for attending the 2-Day In-Person portion of the program. This includes:

Download a copy of the full course agenda here

Online Content:

  • Introduction: Background information on sensory processing from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
  • Frame of Reference: Even when the primary focus of intervention is sensory, the STAR Frame of Reference advocates for a continuous assessment of regulation, and relationships, in the context of mutable environments, social-emotional development, and attention

  • Subtypes of SPD: A complete introduction and overview of each of the Subtypes of SPD
    • Sensory Modulation Disorder
    • Sensory Discrimination Disorder
    • Praxis
    • Posture

  • Assessment: Overview of standardized assessments: Understanding standards scoring systems and "Growth scales" based on Rasch measurement
  • GA Scaling: Use of Goal Attainment Scaling and other standardized outcome measures that participants can use in their settings to evaluate treatment effectiveness
  • Research: An overview of SPD research from STAR Institute and the SPD Scientific Work Group


In-Person Content:


  • Advanced clinical reasoning in comprehensive assessment emphasizing both top-down and bottom-up approaches
  • Advanced clinical reasoning applied to clinical observations (using video analysis and case study)
  • Differential diagnosis of sensory subtypes (using video analysis and case study)
  • Development of Impact Statements reflecting functional impacts of SPD


  • Introduction and application of  STAR's PROCESS treatment model
  • Development of Goal Attainment Scale using family-centric goals
  • Introduction to Family-Centered Interview process techniques for goal development
  • Clinical reasoning applied to treatment planning and development of clinical questions
  • Introduction, application and development of A SECRET tool for clinical use (using case-study)


Download a copy of the full course agenda here


  • Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L
  • Virginia Spielmann, MSOT
  • Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L
  • Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
  • Colleen Cameron Whiting, MS, OTR/L



Early-Bird Discounted Tuition       8284 ZAR ($560 USD)
Now Available Through 5 April

Regular Tuition                                  9763 ZAR ($660 USD)
After 5 April

Payment Instructions:
After completing your online registration, submit your credit card payment upon checkout. Payment must be completed by 26 April, 2020 in order for your registration to be confirmed. If payment is not finalized by 26 April, 2020 your registration may be cancelled. 

Online Only Special Offer for South African Therapists:

  • 11 hours of online content, with Theo option to add the 2-Day In-Person course within 1 year of completion for full credit and certification pathway
  • 2959 ZAR ($200 USD) - A discount of 4656 ZAR!
  • Use promotional code HYBRIDL1200 upon checkout to receive the special rate

Who Should Attend

This mentored program is designed for occupational therapists at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Participants should currently work with children with Sensory Processing Disorder. At least two years pediatric experience is preferred.

Learning Objectives

The objective of STAR Institute's Level 1 Intensive Mentorship program is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the latest research in SPD and the ability to:

  • Differentiate subtypes of SPD
  • Utilize clinical reasoning tools for intervention and home adaptation developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoe
  • Recognize and develop realistic and functional goals using Goal Attainment Scaling
  • Recognize the importance of engaging families in the treatment process
  • Become familiar with appropriate tools to evaluate children with SPD
  • Observe client session videos, analyze through clinical reasoning, and discuss treatment planning
  • Become familiar with the STAR PROCESS Model for treatment.
  • Address family needs and desires
  • Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write treatment notes using STAR’s clinical reasoning approach, communicate effectively with physicians and other members of a client’s team

Continuing Education
STAR Institute for SPD is accredited by OTASA to provide CEUs for both the online and live portions of the Hybrid Level 1 Mentorship program. Professionals registered with the HPCSA (Health Professional Council of South Africa) will be eligible for these CPUs.

OTASA Accreditation number: AOCP001/3250/05/2020
CEUs Clinical: 23 CEUs, HPCSA Level 1

Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.


Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum of 15 participants to run this program. Thus, it is sometimes necessary to change the dates a session is offered or to cancel a session. Participants are contacted at the earliest opportunity in the event of a scheduling change or cancellation. However, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone a scheduled session up to 5 weeks before the beginning date of each course. Please consider this when making any non-refundable travel arrangements for the live portion of the program. If the program must be cancelled, all payments will be refunded.

The tuition minus $50 may be refunded if STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation at least 30 business days prior to the program start date. The full tuition will be charged to participants who cancel 14 business days or less before the program start, fail to complete the required online courses in advance, or fail to appear for the program.

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