First Steps to Therapy


Get started with a no-cost, over-the-phone consultation with a STAR Institute therapist by completing the Child Intake Form / Adult Intake Form or contact us at 303-221-7827.

For questions or additional information contact our Treatment Center at or by calling us at 303-221-7827.

Please be aware of our updated guidelines and policies due to COVID-19.

STEP 1 - Complete Intake Forms

The first step is to complete the online Intake Form. If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail or call us at 303-221-STAR (7827).

Go to:

Child Intake Form

Adult Services Inquiry Packet

STEP 2 - Schedule an Intake Appointment

Once your form is received and reviewed, we will contact you to schedule a no-cost Intake appointment. The Intake is a review of the client’s developmental history and presenting problems. We also review tests that may have been done elsewhere.

STEP 3 - Assessment

The Assessment with one individual is a comprehensive one-professional (2 to 5 hour) evaluation consisting of standardized testing, observations in a clinical setting, parent-report measures, and, if indicated, an auditory battery. (Children must be at least 5 years old to receive auditory testing.) Assessment provides information for designing treatment. A written report explaining the results is provided during the Feedback Session, which follows Assessment and provides a complete review of our findings. Parents are asked to attend without their children so that results and a potential treatment plan can be discussed in detail.

STEP 4 - Therapeutic Support

Therapeutic support needs vary for clients based on their age, stage of development, diagnosis, and parents’ priorities for change. Typically we start with a program of 20 to 30 sessions in intense bursts (3 times a week for local clients; 5 times a week for out-of-town clients). The program consists of occupational therapy, listening therapy, or a combination of the two therapies. Adjunct therapy tools may also be used such as Interactive Metronome, Makoto, and Wii. All programs involve parent education and post-testing. Some clients return for later “boosters” when new developmental challenges take place.