Sensory Health and Autism


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Unpacking Sensory Differences

Join us and our inspirational and enlightening line-up of voices for our 4th 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 12+ hours of pre-recorded presentations and interviews, LIVE Q&A with speakers, interactive workshop and expert panel. Our event 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.

What We'll Be Discussing

Day 1 | Wednesday | June 14

In-depth Exploration of the Tactile System | Rachael Thompson

The Autism-Friendly Guide to Periods | Robyn Steward

Sensory Glimmers As Restorative Practice | Bec Secombe

The Interrelationship Between Sensory Processing and Posture | Iris Warchall

Day 2 | Thursday | June 15

Let's Talk About Stimming | Morénike Giwa Onaiwu & Dr. Virginia Spielmann

The Sensory Integration Process | Endenne DuPree

Making Sense From The World: Integrating Sensory Experiences that Don’t Fit | Sarah McCulloch

Panel Discussion: Neurodivergent Burnout | Dr. Virginia Spielmann, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, and Kieran Rose


Day 3 | Friday | June 16

Sensory Avoidance, Anxiety, and Late Diagnosis Due to Gender Norms | Natasha Nelson

Sociosensory Development and Caregiver Attunement | Dr. Carrie Alvarado

Gestalt Language Processing Through the Regulation Lens | Caroline Gaddy

WORKSHOP | Competing Sensory Needs: When Compromise Is Not Always Logical | Shannon Des Roches Rosa

Get to Know Our 2023 Speakers

Speaker Disclosure Statements

Speaker - Virginia Spielmann

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


Speaker - Kieran Rose

Kieran Rose
Consultant, Writer, Advocate
United Kingdom



Speaker - Morenike Giwa Onaiwu

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


Speaker - Carrie Alvarado

Carrie Alvarado, PhD, OTR
Chief Operating Officer
Autism Community Network

Speaker - Shannon Rosa

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

Speaker - Endenne DuPree

Endenne DuPree, OTR/L
Nurture Collective

Speaker - Sarah McCulloch

Sarah McCulloch, MSc
Founder of Autistic Empire
Autistic Self-Advocate


Speaker - Rachael Thompson

Rachael Thompson
BSc, PGCE with QTS, MSc
Occupational Therapist

Speaker - Rebecca Secombe

Rebecca "Bec" Secombe
MHlthScOT, GDipArtPsych, BAppScOT
Occupational Therapist

Speaker - Iris Warchall

Iris Warchall, PT, DPT
Autistic Physical Therapist/ Advocate

Speaker - Caroline Gaddy

Caroline Gaddy, MFA, MA CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist


Speaker - Robyn Steward

Robyn Steward
Autistic Educator


Speaker - Natasha Nelson

Natasha Nelson, CPDE
Certified Positive Discipline Educator
Supernova Momma 

Speaker - Mim Ochsenbein

Mim Ochsenbein
Clinical Director
STAR Institute

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

Sponsor - Summit Sensory Gym Sponsor - ICDL Sponsor - Dreampad
Sponsor - Wiggles, Stomps Squeeze Book Sponsor - All Brains Belong Sponsor - Neurobears
Sponsor - Picky The Panda Sponsor 321 Sensory Paths Sponsor - Calm Strips

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


Use the promotional code SUMMITGROUP23 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 Pam Frakes at by June 7, 2023
  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

Continuing Education

Individual courses will be available starting on July 31, 2023, for 0.1 CEU each.

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. 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.

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 7, 2023. Registrations cancelled after June 7, 2023 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.