2023 Short Course Series

90-Minute Short Courses
Purchase for $35/per course

For any additional questions, contact our Education Center at education@sensoryhealth.org.

Putting the Big Three Together as Part of Client-Centered Care

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This short course presented by Dr. Spielmann, provides participants with a brief overview of the inter-connectedness of the sensory integration-regulation-relationship. It includes an overview of function and dysfunction within the sensory integration process; physiological arousal and regulation; and the role of relational health. The importance of these three client factors and their relation to developmental trajectory, overall health and wellness will be established.

Sensory 101

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It is well accepted that disordered sensory processing has profound impacts on development, mental health, and daily function. But the story goes deeper than that. With eight recognized sensory systems and 13 known subtypes of disordered sensory processing, the permutations are mind boggling! This short (1 ½ hour), introductory level course will describe each system, each subtype, and how these presentations are expressed in children and adults. It will also discuss the role and implication of disordered sensory processing as a co-occurring condition with other common developmental and mental health diagnoses (eg Autism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.). The bi-directional nature of sensory processing, regulation, and relationship will also be discussed as a context for intervention approaches.

Regulation 101

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This brief, interactive discussion focuses on increasing understanding of the interconnected nature of sensory processing, regulation, and sense of safety. A discussion of concepts will be supported by interactive discussion, reflection, and opportunities to develop strategies for individual use in the home, school, community and clinic settings.

Relationship 101

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Attachment and relationships are inherently sensory processes. Attachment has been described as one of the most important constructs related to human well-being and childhood attachment, and it is a proven predictor of health in later life. But why does it matter to occupational therapists and what is it really?  

This short course will provide an overview of: 

  • Relational health and attachment theory 

  • The impact of attachment on occupational well-being 

  • Building and nurturing therapeutic relationships with clients and parents  

  • Enhancing occupational outcomes through attachment-informed interventions 

  • Integrating attachment theory into sensory integration therapy 

Who should attend
Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, special education teachers, and other individuals seeking a better understanding of disordered sensory processing (SPD). 

Program Faculty


  • STAR Institute faculty members receive a speaking fee for teaching this course
  • There are no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose