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 Export to Your Calendar 5/21/2020 to 5/22/2020
When: May 21-22, 2020
8:30 am-5:30 pm
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Sensory Stars
10 Alexandra Ave, Craighall
Randburg 2024
South Africa
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

Online registration is available until: 5/11/2020
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Program Outline

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:


  • Understanding the STAR PROCESS Treatment Model
  • How to develop a customized approach for specific sensory challenges your client experiences
  • Use of the Sensory Matrix and the A SECRET model of treatment planning
  • Note-writing in clinical practice
  • Tips for writing an advanced synthesized evaluation report

Clinical Reasoning in Assessment:

  • Clinical Observation interactive discussion
  • Use of Goal Attainment Scaling to develop goals, outline service delivery, define accommodations, and develop a data collection system to evaluate treatment effectiveness.
  • Family-centered interview purpose and example questions
  • Differential diagnosis of Subtypes


  • How to utilize this problem-solving tool to help explain the complexity of OT clinical reasoning to other providers

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


The full tuition for this program is $660 (USD). This includes both the online and in-person sections.

Payment Instructions:
If opting to pay by check, payment must be received by April 27, 2020 in order for your registration to be confirmed. If payment is not finalized by April 27, 2020 your registration may be cancelled.

Please make checks payable to STAR Institute and mail to:
STAR Institute for SPD
5420 S. Quebec Street
Suite 103
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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 is in the process of obtaining CPUs through OTASA for both the online and live portions of the Hybrid Level 1 Mentorship program. Once granted, any professional registered with the HPCSA (Health Professional Council of South Africa) will be eligible for these CPUs.

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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