Navigating the Complexities of Sensory Integration: A Focus on Self-Care and Self-Actualization


Program Information
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Add-on AOTA CEUs Option Available for an Additional $90
Includes Certificate of Completion and 1.2 AOTA CEUs

Add-on ASHA CEUs Option Available for an Additional $75
Includes Certificate of Completion and reporting your credits to the ASHA CE Registry*
*This is a separate fee from the annual ASHA CE Registry fee that is processed by ASHA

Immerse yourself in a journey of inspiration and enlightenment as we reveal our 5th Annual Virtual Summit: Sensory Health and Autism.  

Building upon the success of our past events, this year's summit promises an even more transformative experience as we explore the complex intricacies of sensory health and its profound influence on the autistic journey. 

As we step into our fifth year, we delve into the intricate terrain of sensory integration/processing, placing a specific emphasis on often overlooked facets like self-care and self-actualization. Say farewell to oversimplifications, as we navigate the multifaceted dimensions of sensory health in the realms of development, neurodivergent experience, and self-discovery. 

Join us for a collaborative exchange of ideas, where neurodistinct professionals and advocates take center stage, articulating their unique perspectives. The mic will be passed around as we engage in thought-provoking discussions on the role of sensory health in development, the neurodivergent lifestyle, and best practices for therapeutic support. 

Exclusive Content: Explore 12 hours of carefully curated presentations, covering wide-ranging, insightful, motivating, and challenging content. 

Key Themes: Our event is designed to showcase Autistic insight, lived experiences, and evidence-based practices & research. By focusing on real-world applications and amplifying advocate voices, we aim to equip attendees with practical tools and strategies applicable in the realms of home, school, and community function and advocacy. 

Empowerment in Every Session: Expect to be empowered through discussions that synthesize research, lived experience, theory and clinical insights. Our presentations bridge the gap between research and application, offering valuable insights that empower both individuals and professionals alike. Join the conversation as we celebrate diversity, inclusion, and the power of shared knowledge. Our annual event promises to be a catalyst for change. Join us in shaping a future where understanding sensory health is not just a goal but a shared journey towards a more compassionate and informed world. 

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and embark on this journey with us. Together, let's redefine sensory health and celebrate neurodiversity! 

After participating in this session, attendees should be able to:

  • 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 strategies late-identified autistic adults can implement to cultivate self-care and occupational health.
  • Describe the impact of misophonia on occupation and participation.
  • Identify practical ways to support autistic people with differences in praxis and motor coordination.
  • Identify new, expanded understanding regarding incorporation of AAC into the occupational therapy process.
  • Describe how indigenous sensory supports and autistic belonging differ from Western cultural norms and medical model practice.
  • Develop strategies to enhance their competence and effectiveness in supervising and delivering occupational therapy services through a sensory-informed, trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming lens.
  • Critically analyze and integrate contemporary issues and trends in neurodiversity-affirming practices within occupational therapy.
  • Develop implementable strategies that respect and celebrate neurodiverse individuals' strengths and differences, to promote inclusion, participation, and empowerment in all aspects of life and therapy. (Contemporary issues and trends).

What We'll Be Discussing - Confirmed to Date

Day 1 | Wednesday | June 12

Rethinking Movement: Exploring Sensory and Motor Integration | Iris Warchall

Sensory Processing, Autism and Identity | Rachael Thompson

Sensory Integration & AAC: Fostering Autonomy in Communication (Part 1) | Caroline Gaddy

Day 2 | Thursday | June 13

Indigenous Perspectives of Neurodiversity | Interview with Sandra Yellowhorse

Reconnecting with Bodily Self Via Interoception Our 8th Sense | DrKelly Mahler

Developing Emotional Intelligence and Co-regulation in the School Settings Using Strengths of Autistic Students | Kavitha Murthi and Nana Serwaa Akrofi

The Basics of Misophonia | Dr. Jennifer Jo Brout

Day 3 | Friday | June 14

Cultivating Supportive Lifestyles for Late-identified Autistic People | Kieran Rose

Sensory Integration & AAC: Fostering Autonomy in Communication (Part 2) | Alexa Herrera

Exploring Sexual Satisfaction in Autistic Individuals and its Relation to Interoception and Alexithymia | Claudia Andrea Reveco Zamora

Sensory Awareness and Self-Advocacy: Empowering Autistic Individuals Towards Self-Actualization | Dr. Megan Anna Neff 


Get to Know Our 2024 Speakers

Speaker Disclosure Statements

Speaker - Virginia Spielmann

Virginia Spielmann
PhD, OTR/L (she/her)
Executive Director
STAR Institute


Speaker - Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu
PhD(c), MA,
Advocate/Public Speaker/Writer
All the Weight of Our Dreams


Speaker - Iris Warchall

Iris Warchall
PT, DPT, (she/they)
Autistic Physical Therapist/ Advocate


Speaker - Caroline Gaddy

Caroline Gaddy
MFA, MA CCC-SLP (they/she)
Speech Language Pathologist

Speaker - Claudia Reveco

Claudia Andrea Reveco Zamora
Occupational Therapist

Speaker - Kavitha Murthi

Kavitha Murthi
MS (OT), OTR, FHEA (UK) (she/her)
Occupational Therapist


Speaker - Megan Anna Neff

Megan Anna Neff
PhD, (she/they)
Clinical Psychologist

Speaker - Rachael Thompson

Rachael Thompson
BSc, PGCE with QTS, MSc (she/her)
Occupational Therapist

Speaker - Alexa Herrera

Alexa Herrera
OTD, OTR/L, (she/her)
Occupational Therapist

Speaker - Kieran Rose

Kieran Rose
Consultant, Writer, Advocate

Speaker - Jennifer Bo Brout

Jennifer Jo Brout
PhD (she/her)
Psychologist, Counselor

Speaker - Sandra Yellowhorse

Sandra Yellowhorse
PhD (she/her)

Speaker - Nana Serwaa Akrofi

Nana Serwaa Akrofi
OTD, OTR/L (she/her)
Occupational Therapist
Ghana & USA

Speaker - Kelly Mahler

Kelly Mahler
OTD, OTR/L (she/her)
Occupational Therapist




Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors

Sponsor - Summit Sensory Gym Sponsor - ICDL Sponsor - Dreampad

Sponsor - Cubby Beds

Sponsor - The Sensory Club Sponsor - Wiggles, Stomps Squeeze Book
Sponsor - Tumbl Trak

Sponsor - AOTF


Group Discount
Register 5 or more participants in a group and automatically receive a 10% discount!


Use the promotional code SUMMITGROUP24 upon checkout to automatically receive the discount on 5 or more registrations.

If participants of the group must pay separately, please:

  1. Register all participants separately
  2. Send the names of all participants in your group to Ewa Czupryna at by June 5, 2024
  3. Once at least 5 registrations are received, each person will be partially refunded for the discounted amount

Groups must be determined and paid in full before the start of the conference.

Who Should Attend

Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, 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.

Level: Introductory

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Add-on ASHA CEUs Option Available for an Additional $75
Includes Certificate of Completion and reporting your credits to the ASHA CE Registry*
*This is a separate fee from the annual ASHA CE Registry fee that is processed by ASHA

Attendance Policy

Participants may join the conference at any time during the live broadcasts and/or view the recorded presentations for 45 days after the live-streamed event. To receive a CEU Certificate a brief CEU quiz must be completed and passed within 30 days after the event. Passing is getting at least an 80% score for each approved section. Individuals who do not meet both requirements will not receive AOTA or ASHA CEUs. No partial credit will be provided.

All participants may otherwise receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Video recordings are available to all participants for 45 days after the event

Do you have a disability that would require special accommodations?

Please contact us at and describe how we can help accommodate your needs.

Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by June 5, 2024. Registrations cancelled after June 5, 2024 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.