Let's Understand It Together: Person-Centric & Science-Orientated

Agenda \ Presentation Details \ Speakers \ Sponsors

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Join us and our inspirational speakers from across the globe as we examine sensory health and the pivotal role it has in the autistic experience. Explore what differences in sensory integration/processing look like and how this role in development and function is overly simplified and poorly understood in Autism. Throughout this collaborative event, professionals and advocates will "pass around the mic," articulating their unique perspectives, as the dimensions of sensory health are discussed within the context of development, neurodiversity, best practices in therapy, best practices, and quality of life for individuals.

Participants will have access to our jam-packed 4-day agenda consisting of 16 hours of pre-recorded presentations, LIVE Q&A with speakers, LIVE interactive workshops, and expert panels. Our integrated approach to person-centric and science-orientated presentations focusing on Autistic insight, lived-experiences and evidence-based practice & research will inspire, educate and empower individuals and professionals. With real-world application discussions and advocate voices, attendees will be given tools and strategies for home, school, and community function and advocacy.

Let's honor the true spirit of all those around us and understand Sensory Processing/Integration in Autism together!


What We Have Planned / Presentation Details

Day 1: Sponsored by Tumbl Trak
Wednesday, June 9th 

  • Sensory Processing in Autism: Story of a Scientific Revolution | Virginia Spielmann ~ STAR Institute
  • Current Issues in Assessing the Sensory Needs of Autistic People | Dr. Damian Milton ~ University of Kent
  • How to Create Sensory Haven: Advice for Parents on Building a Sensory Lifestyle at Home When you Have Conflicting Sensory Needs | Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
  • Stimpoloration - Exploring the Joy of Stimming | Mariah Person

Day 2: Sponsored by Unyte/iLs
Thursday, June 10th 

  • The Joy of a Sensory-Friendly Home Life | Shannon Des Roches Rosa ~ Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
  • Implications of Sensory and Movement Differences for Understanding Autistic People | Dr. Steven Kapp ~ University of Portsmouth
  • Troubleshooting Sensory Differences in Intimacy | Stephanie Mitelman ~ SexEd Mart
  • Sleep, Sensory Processing and Autism | Dr. Shelly Lane & Marco Leão ~ Colorado State University; 7Senses, Integração Sensorial

Sponsored Extended Expert Panel Discussion with Unyte/iLs
The Lived Experience of Autism & Use of Unyte-iLs Focus Program for Improvements in Brain Body Function

Join a live panel discussion with Kelly Bins, OTR/L & Tim Bush COTA/L where they will be facilitating a real discussion with real clients who share their stories of challenges, symptoms, successes and suggestions for real life. 

Day 3: Sponsored by Sensory Integration Education
Friday, June 11th 

  • Nature is My Co-regulator | Dr. Erin Bulluss ~ Samson & Bulluss Psychology| Consulting
  • The Brain-Body Disconnect: Bridging The Gap Toward Reliable Communication | Julie Sando & Jake Reisman ~ Autistically Inclined
  • Sensory Health and Positive Autistic Identity Formation - Special Q&A Session with Our Hosts | Virginia Spielmann & Kieran Rose ~ STAR Institute; The Autistic Advocate

Day 4: Sponsored by ICDL
Saturday, June 12th 

  • “I Feel Weird:” Communication of Inner State and Implications for Self-Regulation, Self-Advocacy, and Building Sense of Identity in the Neurodivergent Population | Rachel Dorsey ~ Rachel Dorsey: Autistic SLP, LLC
  • The Power of Parents in Play | Renee Allen ~ ROOTS Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Identifying Personal Sensory Stressors and Creating Sensory Joy | Dr. Amy Pearson ~ The University of Sunderland
  • Expert Panel - Intersectionality of Mental Health, Autism and Sensory Processing | Virginia Spielmann, Kieran Rose, Dr. Amy Pearson, Dr. Marcia Eckerd, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu



Transdisciplinary Work with a DIR Framework: Opportunities and Challenges | Kathleen Platzman, Ph.D., DIR-Expert,  Milagros Cordero, Ed.D., OTR/L, DIR-Expert, and  Mary Beth Stark, M.S., CCC-SLP, DIR-Expert | A 2020 ICDL Annual Conference presentation

Who Should Attend:

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, child development specialists, mental health professionals, parents, caregivers, and other individuals seeking a better understanding of Sensory Processing in Autism.

Educational Level: Introductory

Primary Learning Objectives:

  • Identify new, expanded understanding around the role of sensory motor functioning and sensory features in autism and the development of the autistic individual
  • Identify limitations in current theory and practice regarding supporting the sensory needs of autistic people
  • Explain how to enable sensory supportive environments in shared spaces such as classrooms and homes
  • Describe the impact of sleep and sensory concerns on occupation and participation
  • Identify practical ways to support autistic people using the sensory movement model of autism
  • Express the role nature can play in Autistic experience
  • Describe the relationship between effective communication of inner state, self-regulation, and self- advocacy
  • List a number of developmental benefits of play

Get to Know Our 2021 Speakers:

Speaker - Virginia Spielmann

Virginia Spielmann, MSOT
Executive Director


Speaker - Kieran Rose

Kieran Rose
Consultant, Writer, Advocate
United Kingdom


Speaker - Mim Ochsenbein

Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L
Director of Education


Speaker - Erin Bulluss

Erin Bulluss, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Autistic
Wellbeing Consultant


Speaker - Shelly Lane

Shelly Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Academic
Program Director

Speaker - Marco Leao

Marco Leão, MOT
International Trainer in
Pediatric Occupational Therapy


Speaker - Mariah Person

Mariah Person
Autistic Self-Advocate


Speaker - Rachel Dorsey

Rachel Dorsey, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist


Speaker - Steven Kapp

Steven Kapp, PhD
Lecturer in Psychology
United Kingdom


Speaker - Stephanie Mitelman

Stephanie Mitelman
Sex Educator


Speaker - Marcia Eckerd

Marcia Eckerd, PhD
Diagnostician, Therapist, Writer, Speaker

Speaker - Shannon Rosa

Shannon Des Roches Rosa
Senior Editor


Speaker - Amy Pearson

Amy Pearson, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
United Kingdom

Speaker - Damian Milton

Damian Milton, PhD
Autistic Researcher & Lecturer
United Kingdom

Speaker - Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
Advocate/Public Speaker/Writer

Speaker - Renee Allen

Renee Allen, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Speaker - Julie Saldo

Julie Sando
AT Specialist


Speaker - Jake Reisman

Jake Reisman




Thank You to Our Sponsors

Sponsor - ICDL Sponsor - Tumbl Trak Sponsor - Sensory Integration Education Sponsor - Unyte/iLs
Sponsor - Soul to Soul Yoga SOS Approach Sponsor - Future Horizons Sponsor - Spectrumize
Sponsor - Sensational Brain Sponsor - Kinspire Sponsor - Dreampad  

Continuing Education


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Please contact us at education@spdstar.org and describe how we can help accommodate your needs.

Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by June 1, 2021. Registrations cancelled after June 1, 2021 will be deferred to a future course sponsored by STAR Institute.

In the event this program must be cancelled due to illness, fire, strikes, war, acts of God, terrorism or other causes that would prevent the event from taking place, STAR Institute will attempt to reschedule the event. If the event is unable to be rescheduled, STAR Institute will refund all tuition fees paid.