Neurodiversity Firesides

Topics and Dates:

Sensory Integration Therapy (Done Right) for the Non-OT

November 9, 2021


Goal Writing as Advocacy: Writing Neurodiversity Affirming Goals Using Goal Attainment Scaling

January 11, 2022


Data, Standardized Testing and Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy: How To

March 8, 2022


Groups - Social Flourishing, Neurodiversity, Sensory Integration and Regulation

May 10, 2022


Alternatives to Social Skills Curriculums

July 12, 2022


Attachment Occupations, Sensory Integration and Neurodiversity Affirming Early Intervention

September 13, 2022


Sensory Informed Therapeutic Support for Adolescents and Adults: A Neurodiversity Affirming Approach

November 8, 2022


These "fireside discussions" on Neurodiversity are scheduled to be presented live via Zoom on the second Tuesday of every other month from 3:00-4:30 PM Mountain Time. A recording will be available for later access through STAR Institute's Online Learning site. Please register to access the recorded version of the live course, even if you are not able to attend live.

Cost: $10 (includes both live-streamed and recorded versions)
Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L
Executive Director (she/her)

Virginia is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted trainings in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences.  

Virginia is a founder and former Clinical Director of SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Center in Hong Kong, where she led a large and widely respected inter-disciplinary team.

Virginia obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy in Oxford England (2002) and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee (2018). She is a DIR/Floortime Training Leader and Expert and clinical consultant for the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL). Her extensive pediatric experience includes children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health issues, children from adopted families and those who have experienced developmental trauma.  

Virginia has considerable post-graduate training, she is certified on the SIPT and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, with Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara.