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through June 1

AOTA CEUs available as an additional add-on for $90. All registrations receive 45-day access to 16+ hours of recordings PLUS swag bag bonus.

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Join us and our inspirational and enlightening line-up of voices for our 3rd annual Virtual Summit event, as we continue to 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. Throughout our 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, and quality of life for individuals.

Participants will have access to 16+ hours of pre-recorded presentations and interviews, LIVE Q&A with speakers, interactive workshop and expert panel. 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.

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Purchase your registration ticket and receive all content and bonus downloads for 45-day access after the event.

Get to Know Our 2022 Speakers:

Speaker - Virginia Spielmann

Virginia Spielmann,
PhD, OTR/L (she/her)

Executive Director
STAR Institute


Speaker - Mim Ochsenbein

Mim Ochsenbein,
MSW, OTR/L, (she/her)

Director of Education
STAR Institute


Speaker - Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu,
PhD(c), MA,

Advocate/Public Speaker/Writer
All the Weight of Our Dreams


Speaker - Kayla Carey

Kayla Carey, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
STAR Institute


Speaker - Jane Green

Jane Green, MA, Ed.
Chair and Founder


Speaker - Eden Spofford

Eden Spofford
Autistic Advocate


Speaker - Cole Spofford

Cole Spofford
Autistic Self-Advocate


Speaker - Anand Prahlad

 Anand Prahlad, PhD, MA
Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Missouri

Speaker - Becky Lee

Becky Lee, MM, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Rehabilitative Rhythms


Speaker - Sarah Hallgrimson
Sarah Hallgrimson,

Music Therapist
Rehabilitative Rhythms


Speaker - Caroline Braun

Caroline Braun, CCC-SLP
Speech Langauge Pathologist,
Feeding Specialist
The Autistic Feeding Therapist

Speaker - Elizabeth Vosseller

Elizabeth Vosseller, SLP/ S2C
 Executive Director
Growing Kids Therapy Center

Speaker - Erin Schneider

Erin Schneider (she/her)
Mountain Summit Consulting


Speaker - Amy Grant

Amy Grant,

Speech Langauge Pathologist
Therapy Center of Buda

Speaker - Marge Blanc

Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Communication Development Center

Speaker - Shannon Rosa

Shannon Des Roches Rosa
Senior Editor
Thinking Person's Guide to Autism

Speaker - Ira Kraemer

Ira Kraemer (they/them)
Neuroclastic Advisory Board


Agenda | Presentation Details

Day 1 | Wednesday | June 8 | 8am - 12pm MDT

  • Neurodivergent-Affirming Feeding Therapy within the Context of Responsive Feeding | Caroline Braun, CCC-SL
  • Sensory Based Motor Planning - Getting Comfortable with the Complex Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L
  • Supporting Agency in Children with Complex Motor SystemsKayla Carey, OTR/L
  • Changing the Narrative on Communication:  How Nonspeaking People Have Informed Us |  Elizabeth Vosseller, SLP/ S2C

Day 2 | Thursday | June 9 | 8am - 12pm MDT

  • Gestalt Language Development: What Is It? And Where Does Regulation Fit In?Marge Blanc, MA, CCC-SLP
  • A Kind of Freedom | Anand Prahlad, PhD, MA & Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L
  • Why Autism/Neurodivergence and Hypermobility Issues are Double Jeopardy | Jane Green, MA, Ed.
  • Interactive Workshop | Overview of Music Interventions with Sensory Processing and Autism: A Music Therapy Perspective | Becky Lee, MM, MT-BC & Sarah Hallgrimson, MM, MT-BC, CAS

Day 3 | Friday | June 10 | 8am - 12pm MDT

  • Autism Through a Camera Lens | Eden & Cole Spofford
  • Prioritizing Sensory Health in Speech Therapy Amy Grant, MS, CCC-SLP, CCTS-I
  • The "IM" in StimMorénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD(c), MA
  • Live Expert Panel Discussion | Dr. Virginia Spielmann, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Amy Grant and Ira Kraemer

BONUS Presentations

  • Sensory Anxiety & AutismVirginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L
  • Do You Get PTSD From OT, PT, ST? Which Therapy is Best for Your Child?Erin Schneider
  • Measuring the Sensory Integration and Processing Construct: Looking Beyond the Problems | Gustavo Reinoso, PhD
  • STAR Institute's Introduction to Goal Attainment Scaling for Clinical Practice | Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L
  • Strengths-Based Assessment: STAR Institute's Introduction to Neuro-Divergent Affirming Goal Setting | Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L

Speaker Disclosure Statements

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors

Sponsor - Sensory Integration Education Sponsor - ICDL Sponsor - Dreampad
Sponsor - The Sound Well Sponsor - Elizabethtown College Sponsor - Summit Sensory Gym

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to come and be a vital part of our collaborative event, highlighting your company to over 450 attendees! Our audience is made up of occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, mental health providers, educators, Autism advocates, and parents. Sensory Health in Autism is a 3-Day Virtual Summit (June 8-10, 2022) that features 16 hours of pre-record presentations and interviews, live Q&A with speakers and experts, live interactive workshops, and expert panels. Join professionals and advocates as they share their unique perspectives examining sensory health and the pivotal role it has in the autistic experience.

Why should I become a Sponsor? Our sponsorship packages allow you to select the benefits that will offer you the greatest return on investment.

  • Provides exposure and raises awareness about your products/services to a highly targeted audience

  • Connects you with professionals, parents, and students who are eager to engage with leaders in the field of innovative tool development, resources, and service provision for the Autistic community

  • Acknowledgement through an array of marketing tools, including our highly trafficked website, targeted email campaigns, and social media posts

Please see our Sponsorship Prospectus for more details about our unique sponsorship levels and pricing. Sponsorships are limited and the deadline to sign up is almost here.  Don’t wait! Register before May 9, 2022.

Contact us at for more information. 

Group Discount

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

Use the promotional code SUMMITGROUP 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 Caraly Walker at by June 1, 2022
  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.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the ways in which sensory differences impact feeding preferences and needs
  • Compare and contrast neurotypical motor planning with autistic motor planning differences
  • Describe what less commonly discussed motor based challenges can look like
  • Explain symptomatic hypermobility and its relevance to autism
  • Identify elements of music to adapt for more or less sensory stimulation
  • Describe how to use Goal Attainment Scaling to track treatment effectiveness
  • Explain the Social Disability Model in terms of focus of GA Scale goals

Continuing Education







Introductory Level


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 livestreamed event. 

For those requiring AOTA CEUs: a brief CEU quiz must be completed and passed with at least 80% accuracy for each section (for which AOTA CEUs can be offered) to receive a CEU Certificate. All participants may otherwise receive a Certificate of Attendance.

For those requiring ASHA CEUs: a brief CEU quiz must be completed and passed with at least 80% accuracy for each section (for which ASHA CEUs can be offered) to receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates of Completion will not reflect ASHA CEUs earned. Rather, participants requiring ASHA CEUs must complete an electronic ASHA CEU Participant Form upon completion of the quizzes. ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively.

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 1, 2022. Registrations cancelled after June 1, 2022 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.