Sensory Processing 101 Short Course

2023 Upcoming Livestream Dates Coming Soon

Cost: $35 USD (50 AUD) 
This includes all course readings and resources.

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It is well accepted that disordered sensory processing has profound impacts on development, mental health, and daily function. But the story goes deeper than that. With eight known sensory systems and 13 different subtypes that impact each - the permutations are mind-boggling. This short (1 ½ hour), introductory level course will describe each system, each subtype, and how these presentations are expressed in children and adults. It will also discuss the role and implication of disordered sensory processing as a co-occurring condition with other common developmental and mental health diagnoses (eg Autism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.). The bi-directional nature of sensory processing, regulation, and relationship will also be discussed as a context for intervention approaches.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the main functions of each of the 8 discussed sensory systems
  • Define the different subtypes of the SPD Nosology
  • Identify the functional impacts of the SPD subtypes on individuals

Who should attend
Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, special education teachers, and other individuals seeking a better understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder.


Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L
Director of Education

Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L has been a practicing pediatric occupational therapist for over 25 years. She received her BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1996 and her MSW from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012. She has received advanced training in sensory integration (SIPT certification, STAR ProCert1, STAR ProCert2), listening therapy (Therapeutic Listening, iLs), feeding therapy (SOS), DIR, mental health (DC:0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood), and infant massage (CIMI). Her work in occupational therapy with children and youth has occurred in a variety of settings including early intervention, school based, clinic based, mental health and private practice.  As a social worker, she provided case management, program development, and program management. Mim has taught both university level (California State-Dominguez Hills) and professional continuing education courses since 2013, spoken internationally, and has co-authored works for professional publications. She has been in her current role at STAR Institute since 2017 at the invitation of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, FAOTA, OTR.   


Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by July 29, 2022. Registrations cancelled after July 29, 2022 will be deferred to a future STAR Institute Foundations Course. 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.