Welcome to the 2022 STAR Sensory Symposium

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In-Person registration includes Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop. 
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LIVESTREAM ONLY (10/14-10/15) - $339

Registration DOES NOT include Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop. 


Registration DOES NOT include Symposium Ticket. 

AOTA CEUs available as an additional add-on for each ticket option. See registration page for more information.

Our excitement is growing as STAR returns to holding our 2022 Symposium both in-person in Denver, CO, and virtually through live-streaming. Our annual STAR Symposium focuses on the importance and implications of Sensory Health and Wellness across the lifespan. Sensory health & wellness impacts our physical, emotional and mental health from conception through adulthood. This year's speakers will provide insights on the importance and power of sensory health from our earliest interactions and development of attachment to caregivers through to adulthood and our physical and mental health. Whether you join us live or in cyber-space, we have worked hard to develop meaningful opportunities for engagement and interaction. Poster sessions provide insights into the latest research in sensory health and wellness that is being conducted around the world. Our interactive breakout sessions allow us as a community of providers to process the presentations and apply the information to our practices. Your burning questions are shared and answered as you engage with our speakers in real time during our expert panels.


Speakers (Confirmed to date)


Speaker - Virginia Spielmann

Virginia Spielmann (she/her)
Executive Director
STAR Institute



Speaker - Jenara Nerenberg

Jenara Nerenberg
Divergent Mind /
The Neurodiversity Project



Speaker - Sarah Schoen

Sarah Schoen
Director of Research
STAR Institute



Speaker - Kris Barnekow

Kris Barnekow (she/her)
Infant Family Specialist;
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Speaker - Antoine L. Bailliard

Antoine L. Bailliard (he/him)
Associate Professor~Duke University
Adjunct Professor~ University of North Carolina


Speaker - Karen Pryor

Karen Pryor (she/her)
Owner/Physical Therapist
Change the Brain -Body Follows


Agenda (Confirmed to date)

Thursday, October 13, 2022

10:00 AM-4:00 PM      STAR Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop


Friday, October 14, 2022

8:30 AM-9:00 AM   

Posters and Pastries
Enjoy Poster Sessions and Exhibitor Networking
Poster Submissions Accepted through July 1, 2022

9:00 AM-9:20 AM   

Welcome and Announcements

9:20 AM-10:50 AM

Keynote Presentation with Jenara Nerenberg

10:50 AM-11:10 AM      Break
11:10 AM-11:55 AM      Conversations with Sarah
11:55 AM-1:15 PM      Lunch
1:15 PM-2:15 PM      Presentation with Kris Barnekow, PhD, OTR/L, IMH-E®
2:15 PM-2:45 PM      Breakout Sessions
2:45 PM-3:05 PM      Break
3:05 PM-4:05 PM      Expert Panel
4:05 PM-4:15 PM      Closing
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM



Saturday, October 15, 2022

8:30 AM-8:50 AM   

Welcome Back to Day 2

8:50 AM-10:20 AM     

Keynote Presentation with Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L

10:20 AM-10:40 AM      Break
10:40 AM-11:40 AM      Sensory Health: A Relational and Emplaced (SHARE) Model of Occupation
Antoine L. Bailliard, PhD, OTR/L
11:40 AM-1:00 PM      Lunch
1:00 PM-2:00 PM      Presentation with Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CPRCS
2:00 PM-2:30 PM      Breakout Sessions
2:30 PM-2:50 PM      Break
2:50 PM-3:50 PM      Expert Panel (Dr. Spielmann, Dr. Bailliard, Dr. Pryor)
3:50 PM-4:00 PM      Closing

 Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to come and be a vital part of our annual sensory symposium event, highlighting your company to over 250+ attendees! Our audience is made up of occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, mental health providers, sensory professionals and parents. Sensory Health and Sensory Informed Care Symposium is a 3-Day in-person event featuring live expert presentations and interviews, interactive breakout sessions, and expert panels. 

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

Contact us at education@sensoryhealth.org for more information.

Thank You to Our 2021 Symposium Sponsors

Sponsor - ICDL

Sponsor - iLs/Unyte

Sponsor - SIE

Sponsor - Kinspire

Sponsor - My Pipers

Sponsor - SOS

Sponsor - Little Hands

Sponsor - Calm Strips

Sponsor - Therapro

Sponsor - MOST DFW

Sponsor - Howda Designz


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.


Do you have a disability that would require special accommodations?

Please contact us at education@sensoryhealth.org and describe how we can help accommodate your needs.

Attendance Policy

Participants may join the conference at any time during the live broadcast and/or opt to view the recordingsA 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.

Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by October 29, 2021. Registrations cancelled after October 29, 2021 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.