Welcome to the 2022 STAR Sensory Symposium

OCTOBER 13-15, 2022

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Professional Workshop
2022 Exhibitors/Sponsors
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Venue and Hotel Accommodations
Continuing Education Units

In-person Venue Location:
JCC Denver | Phillips Social Hall
Denver, CO

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All Symposium tickets include 45-day access to recordings and a free 1-year STAR Online Learning subscription. 

In-Person Bundle - $449

Bundle registration includes Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop. 

In-Person | 2-Day Symposium - $339

Registration DOES NOT include Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop. 

Student | In-Person | 2-Day Symposium - $169

Registration DOES NOT include Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop. 

In-Person | Pro Workshop ONLY - $209

Recording will not be available. 

Virtual | 2-Day Symposium  - $339

Registration DOES NOT include Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop. 

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! Our annual STAR Symposium focuses on the importance and implications of Sensory Health and Wellness, which impacts physical, emotional, and mental health through the lifespan. This year's speakers will provide insights on the relevance and power of sensory health, from our earliest interactions and development of attachment through to adulthood. 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 sensory research 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.


ELEVATE: Add new dimensions and depth to the work we do by increases understanding, relevancy, and importance

APPLY: Simplify the complex and apply to real-world practice

PROGRESS: Push the field of practice with the only educational programming focused on the entire lifespan

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Our Program (Click Here for Tentative Schedule)

Thursday, October 13 | 10:00am - 5:30pm MT

STAR Pre-Symposium Professional Workshop | Assessment Training: Goal Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL)

Occupational therapists are regularly faced with the challenge of finding functionally relevant, developmentally appropriate standardized testing, especially for adolescents. That's where the Goal Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL) comes in. LEARN MORE>>>

Friday, October 14 | 8:30am - 6:00pm MT

Welcome Reception | Posters and Pastries Sponsored by ICDL
Enjoy Poster Sessions and Exhibitor Networking | Poster Submissions Accepted through August 14, 2022

A Dimensional Perspective on Trauma in Neurodivergent Populations - A Sensory Informed Approach
Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L | LEARN MORE>>>

CONVERSATIONS WITH SARAH | Sensory Patterns and Autistic Traits: What are the Implications?
Please join us for this exciting conversation with Dr. Claire Yun-Ju Chen, who will discuss her latest longitudinal research in collaboration with Dr. Grace Baranek at the University of Southern California. Their 2022 study was published in Child Development highlighting sensory patterns from infancy to school age in a community sample. Interesting associations with autistic traits were found. 

Neuroplasticity Sensory Techniques to Change Muscle Tone 
Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CPRCS | LEARN MORE>>>

Breakout Sessions developed for in-depth discussion on key topics and real-world application. 

Expert Panel

Fun and Games Evening Reception Sponsored by Landscape Structures Inc


Saturday, October 15 | 8:30am - 4:00pm MT

KEYNOTE | The Developing Brain and Body and How Adversity Impacts Well-Being 
Lori Desautels, PhD | LEARN MORE>>>

Sensory Health: A Relational and Emplaced (SHARE) Model of Occupation
Antoine L. Bailliard, PhD, OTR/L | LEARN MORE>>>

Building Early Connections Through Co-Occupational Engagement: The Role of Intersensory Perception and Sensory Integration 
Kris Barnekow, PhD, OTR/L, IMH-E® | LEARN MORE>>>

Breakout Sessions developed for in-depth discussion on key topics and real-world application. 

Expert Panel

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Our 2022 Speakers

Speaker - Virginia Spielmann

Virginia Spielmann (she/her)
Executive Director
STAR Institute


Speaker - Lori Desautels

Lori Desautels (she/her)
Assistant Professor
Butler University


Speaker - Karen Pryor

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

Speaker - Sarah Schoen

Sarah Schoen
Director of Research
STAR Institute


Speaker - Antoine L. Bailliard

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


Speaker - Kris Barnekow

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

Speaker - Yun-Ju Chen

Yun-Ju (Claire) Chen
Postdoctoral Fellow 
McMaster University



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 Thank You to Our 2022 Symposium Sponsors


​https://summitsensory.com/ [Click and drag to move] ​

Sponsor - Landscape Structures Inc
SOS Approach to Feeding Logo Sponsor - American Occupational Therapy Foundation Sponsor - The Sensory Club
Knot Sense Logo Sponsor - Munchables Sponsor - Dreampad
Sponsor - Wiggles, Stomps Squeeze Book Sponsor - Neurobears Sponsor - Sensory Sid

Venue Information

JCC Denver | Phillip Social Hall
Jewish Community Center
350 S. Dahlia St.
Denver, Colorado 80246


Please download our list of local hotel options.

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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.

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 and Wellness.

Attendance Policy

In-person participants must attend the program in full, signing in upon arrival and signing out upon leaving each day.

Live-stream participants may join the conference at any time during the live broadcast and/or opt to view the recordings. 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.

Symposium lecture recordings are available to all participants for 45 days after the event.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received by July 8, 2022 may receive a full refund.

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than August 19, 2022 to receive a refund minus $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after August 19, 2022.

After August 19, 2022, registrations may be substituted, transferred to live-streamed ticket (if applicable), or deferred to a future STAR Institute symposium. Staff must be notified of cancellations or substitutions at least 24 hours before the start of the event. Registrations cancelled due to a family emergency, other unexpected event or illness may be transferred to a virtual ticket or deferred to a future STAR Institute symposium or another STAR Institute education program (in-person only).

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.