Virtual Summit: Sensory Health in Schools

Sensory health and wellness is not just a concept to be applied in the space of our homes - it is for the whole community environment, including and especially in our school settings. This multi-day interactive summit provides insights into the impacts and need for active awareness and implementation of sensory health in our schools. Presenters and expert panelists will delve into the importance of sensory health and how to better support sensory health for students with and without known sensory differences. Clinicians, educators, and advocates share the most up-to-date knowledge on strategies, cutting-edge research findings, and first person experiences all focused on supporting sensory differences and improving overall success, health, and wellness in our schools.

Participants will have access to our 3-day agenda consisting of 12 hours of pre-recorded presentations, extended expert panels, LIVE Q&A with speakers, and an interactive workshop.


Day 1 | Thursday | November 3rd | 8am - 12pm MT

Intersection of Trauma and Sensory in the Schools | Dr. Colleen Whiting & Rachel Ashcraft

Promoting Student Participation: Collecting Data to Identify Effective Interventions | Dr. Gloria Frolek Clark

EXPERT PANEL - Interdisciplinary Team Insights | Mim Ochsenbein, Dr. Colleen Whiting, Andrea Stafford, Stephanie Patrick, Kara Muirhead & Alicia Whitehead

Day 2 | Thursday | November 10th | 8am - 12pm MT

Happy Teacher, Happy Students: Social Emotional Well-Being for Educators Ashford Duffy

Nature + Schools = Health | Dr. Amy Wagenfeld

Why Sensory Integration Intervention in the School Setting? | Dr. Colleen Whiting & Dr. Sarah Schoen

EXPERT PANEL - Through the Advocate Lens | Dan Rosien, Noah Seback, Kieran Rose, Matt Hayes, Meghan Ashburn & Rebecca Mercer  

Day 3 | Thursday | November 17th | 8am - 12pm MT

Utilizing Sensory Awareness to Create a Compassionate Classroom | Amy Lewis and Heather Spann

Promoting Participation and Health During Lunch and Recess: Comfortable Cafeteria and Refreshing Recess Programs | Dr. Sue Bazyk

Supporting Big Feelings in the School Setting | Shelley Carnes

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP - The IEP Process: Strategies for Enhancing Collaboration | Dr. Jan Hollenbeck

Get to Know Our 2022 Speakers:

Speaker - Mim Ochsenbein

Mim Ochsenbein

Director of Education
STAR Institute


Speaker - Ashford Duffy

Ashford Duffy
Content Marketing Manager


Speaker - Colleen Whiting

Colleen Cameron Whiting

School Practice Faculty Lead
STAR Institute


Speaker - Sarah Schoen

Sarah A. Schoen

Director of Research
STAR Institute


Speaker - Sue Bazyk

Sue Bazyk

Professor Emerita
Cleveland State University

Speaker - Rachel Ashcraft

Rachel Ashcraft

Foster the Future Alabama

Speaker - Shelley Carnes

Shelley Carnes

Executive Director
Hirsch Academy

Speaker - Jan Hollenbeck

Jan Hollenbeck

The Partnership for Advancement
of School Service-Providers, LLC

Speaker - Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis

Occupational Therapist
Powerfully You


Speaker - Heather Spann

Heather Spann

Occupational Therapist
Powerfully You


Speaker - Gloria Clark

Gloria Frolek Clark

Occupational Therapist / 
Early Childhood Consultant


Speaker - Amy Wagenfled

Amy Wagenfeld

Occupational Therapist,
Educator, Author
Boston University

Speaker - Kieran Rose

Kieran Rose
The Autistic Advocate


Speaker - Alicia Whitehead

Alicia Whitehead
Lead Preschool Special
Educator and Team Chair

Norfolk Public Schools

Speaker - Noah Seback

Noah Seback


Speaker - Stephanie Patrick

Stephanie Patrick

School Psychologist
Norfolk Public Schools

Fair skinned woman with brunete hair

Kara Muirhead

Behavior Specialist
Norfolk Public Schools

Speaker - Andrea Stafford

Andrea Stafford

Speech Language Pathologist
Norfolk Public Schools

Speaker - Dan Roisen

Dan Rosien



Thank You to Our 2022 Symposium Sponsors

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Sponsor - Landscape Structures Inc
Knot Sense Logo Sponsor - Munchables Sponsor - Dreampad
Sponsor - Wiggles, Stomps Squeeze Book All Brains Belong Logo Sponsor - Sensory Sid


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 Health in Schools.

Continuing Education
STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA CEUs Pending.


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 October 27, 2022. Registrations cancelled after October 27, 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.