Submitted by STAR Admin on Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:43
Executive Director
Virginia Spielmann, MSOT (she/her)
ICDL Advisory Board, Colorado State University Affiliate Faculty

Virginia is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted trainings in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences.

Virginia is a founder and former Clinical Director of SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Center in Hong Kong, where she led a large and widely respected inter-disciplinary team.

Virginia obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy in Oxford England (2002) and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee (2018). She is a DIR/Floortime Training Leader and Expert and clinical consultant for the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL). Her extensive pediatric experience includes children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health issues, adoption, developmental trauma.

Virginia has considerable post-graduate training, she is certified on the SIPT and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, with Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara. She is a published author and contributed to the STAR Frame of Reference as part of the 4th Edition of Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy, alongside Dr. Miller and Dr. Schoen.


  • Spielmann, V. & Miller, L.J. (2020). Sensory integration and processing: Impact on anxiety in autism. In S.M. Edelson, and J.B. Johnson (Eds.), Understanding and treating anxiety in autism.  London: Jessica Kingsley Press. 
  • Miller, L. J., Chu, R. C., Parkins, M., Spielmann, V. A., & Schoen, S. A. (2020). The STAR process: An overview. In A. C. Bundy & S. J. Lane (Eds.), Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice (3 ed., pp. 578-585). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company.
  • Spielmann, V. (2020). The Interplay of Regulation, Relationships and Sensory Processing: Impact on Function and Participation. SensorNet, Sensory Integration Education News, UK, 55: January 2020
  • Spielmann, V., & Porter, L. M. (2019). Model of Imposed Adaptation in Childhood Learning Environments—Application to Autism. A precarious game of developmental Jenga. Autism and Developmental Disorders, 17(2), 18–33.
  • Schoen, S. A., Einck, C., Spielmann, V., Valdez, A., & Miller, L. J. (2019). A Trampoline Group: Feasibility, Implementation, and Outcomes. Autism and Developmental Disorders, 17(2), 58–86.
  • Schoen, S. A., Spielmann, V., & Miller, L. J. (2019). Introduction to Sensory Integration Methods in Autism. In E. M. Sokhadze & M. F. Casanova (Eds.), Autism Spectrum Disorder: Neurofeedback and Sensory Integration Approaches to Research and Treatment (pp. 253–283). Murfreesboro, TN: Foundation for Neurofeedback & Neuromodulation Research (FNNR) and BMED Press.
  • Miller, L. J., Schoen, S. A., & Spielmann, V. (2019). A Frame of Reference for Sensory Processing Difficulties: Sensory Therapies and Research (STAR). In P. Kramer, J. Hinojosa, & T.-H. Howe (Eds.), Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy (4th ed., pp. 159–204). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Hollenbeck, J., Spielmann, V., & Miller, L. J. (2019). Motor Skills to Enhance Participation. In G. J. Frolek Clark, J. E. Rioux, & B. E. Chandler (Eds.), Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools (2nd Ed, pp. 473–480). AOTA Press
  • Spielmann, V. (2018). How does implementing reflective practice in a multi-disciplinary team impact treatment provision from a dynamic systems perspective? In Zero to Three.