First Steps to Treatment


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 Intake Form

STEP 2 - Schedule an Intake Appointment

Once your form is received and reviewed, we will contact you to schedule a free 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. The Intake lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes and is performed whenever possible in person at STAR Institute in the Denver Tech Center. (We strongly recommend that you leave your child at home or in school for the Intake meeting.) For out-of-town clients, this step may be completed by telephone or Skype.

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

STEP 3 - Assessment

The Assessment with one individual is a comprehensive one-profession (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 - Treatment

Treatment 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.