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Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 521-0000

Sensory Processing Disorder:

How It Affects the Child, Parent and the World Around Them

October 11, 2018

STAR Institute has teamed up with local community partner, Building Bridges Therapy, for this year’s Pre-Symposium Parent Workshop presented by local experts.  Topics include the child’s sense of self, peer relationships, and strategies to carry-over therapeutic gains in the home and community. Participants will expand their understanding and resources with small group discussions, parent-to-parent networking and a panel Q & A. Continental breakfast, snacks and beverages are included with each registration.

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Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder - “What’s Wrong with Me?”Caroline Clark

Caroline Clark, MHS, OTR/L

This presentation will cover the overall understanding sensory processing disorders; what is SPD; how is it diagnosed; what are the steps needed to take for services.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the term "Sensory Processing"
  2. Explain each of the sensory processing systems (auditory, visual, gustatory, olfactory, tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular)
  3. Describe how sensory processing differences are diagnosed
  4. Describe how we start implementing treatment

Carolyn "Cadie" Clark, MHS. OTR/L, attended the Medical College of Georgia where she received a master's degree in Occupational Therapy, graduating with honors. She has worked at Building Bridges Therapy since 2011 providing services to children and young adults. Cadie is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has completed advanced training in the areas of sensory integration,  sensory feeding disorders, social skills and neurodevelopmental treatment approaches. She uses these techniques to treat a variety of clients with diagnoses such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Mitochondrial Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, and developmental delays. She believes that educating parents throughout the treatment process is a vital component of a successful treatment approach. 

Out-and-About with the Out-of-Sync Child

Carol Stock Kranowitz, MACarol Kranowitz

This presentation will provide sensible suggestions to help parents and caregivers of SPD cope with meltdowns, build on the child's self-therapy, and maintain a sensory lifestyle while at the playground, grocery store, doctor’s office and other potentially daunting locations or events.

Learning Objectives

  1. Observe what sensory circumstances may be irritating or enraging your child in order to:
  2. Utilize suggestions to cope with children’s meltdowns
  3. Build on children's "self-therapy”
  4. Develop skills to maintain a sensory lifestyle at home and when out-and-about

As a music, movement, and drama teacher for 25 years (1976-2001), Carol observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration (“SI”) theory. She learned to help identify her young students’ needs and to steer them into early intervention. In her writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out – and provides enjoyable sensory-motor techniques for addressing them at home and school. Carol is best-known for her first book in the “Sync” series, The Out-of-Sync Child.

A graduate of Barnard College, Carol has an M.A. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. She is a board member of STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and has two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law and five sensational grandchildren. For fun, she plays the cello and, because of a high movement quota, gets at least an hour of exercise every day.

To help families, teachers, and professionals understand SPD in children and adolescents, she has written several books, manuals, and other publications.

How Sensory Processing Disorders Affects Peer and Community RelationshipsBryson GreenJorri Sanders

Jorri Sanders-Marchi, M.Ed. CCC-SLP and Bryson Green, MS, OTR/L, CPAM

This presentation will cover sensory processing and its impact on functional play skills in young children, peer to peer interactions as adolescents and a person's ability to communicate effectively throughout various environments as adults.  

Learning Objectives

  1. Illustrate the effect that sensory processing has on young children, adolescents, and adults
  2. Adapt environments to meet the sensory needs of young children
  3. Reference verbal tools for children to promote healthy peer relationships
  4. Practice awareness and self-regulation strategies with adolescents
  5. Communicating and understanding the sensory needs of adults

Jorri Sanders-Marchi, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, has been working as a Speech and Language Pathologist, with Building Bridges therapy for the past 7 years. She is now the Assistant Clinical Director for the company working with clients, parents, and therapist to provide the best clinical care for the patients. Jorri obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in the area of Communication Science and Disorders from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA.  She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence through ASHA in August 2009.  Jorri has gained invaluable insight, direction, and experience in the field of Speech and Language Pathology while working for the Connecticut Public Schools Systems, the Georgia Public Schools system, and in Private Practice. She has worked with a wide variety of persons ranging from birth to twenty-one presenting with speech and language-related disorders, social skills deficits and feeding/ oral motor difficulties. She recently completed continuing education courses in the areas of pediatric feeding, specific language disorders and oral motor activities and dysfunction.  Jorri also has extensive experience in the areas of treating language disorders, pragmatic difficulties, feeding, Apraxia, fluency, articulation, oral motor dysfunction, treating receptive language deficits, children with sensory processing difficulties and developing/ implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques as a method of treating individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Jorri has presented at many seminars relating to feeding, language, and early developmental skills. Her most recent engagement was at the Autism Avenue conference, where she, along with the owner of Building Bridges, Marla Mann, presented on the topic of feeding and oral motor difficulties: A Hand-On Experience to Understanding Food Aversions.

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