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Thursday, July 21, 2016
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University
Ruth Harley University Center

Evidenced-based Practice in Sensory Processing Disorder: Subtypes, Assessments and Intervention

The comprehensive seminar focuses on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a problem that affects at least 5-16% of children. Often, SPD is misdiagnosed as ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Even more common, SPD is not diagnosed as a disorder at all… instead the child’s issues are attributed to “bad behavior,” “poor motivation,” or “social-emotional problems.” This workshop will review screening and assessment of SPD as well as focus on differentiating the six subtypes of SPD. The presentation will highlight videotaped examples of direct treatment. In addition, evidence-based research related to SPD will be reviewed, including studies completed by the SPD Foundation and the SPD Scientific Work Group. There will be a brief review of published peer review studies by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.

Learning outcomes- Participants will be able to: (1) discuss how to identify and treat children with SPD, (2) cite evidence-based research related to the identification and treatment of SPD, (3) identify the six SPD subtypes and discuss and demonstrate appropriate related treatment options, (4) explain the underlying rationale for sensory-based pediatric therapy interventions and differentiate treatment based on clinical reasoning from traditional therapy frameworks, (5) identify and discuss the several standardized assessments for use with children ages birth through school age.

Target audience- Professionals working with young children (ages 0-5), including Mental Health professionals, Early Intervention professionals, such as Occupational Therapists, Speech/Language Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Special Education Teachers.

Educational level- This an advanced level training/workshop. It is recommended that participants have the foundational knowledge in early childhood development, generally obtained in a bachelor and/or master’s level program in the fields of mental health, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, physical therapy, and/or special education.

About the Instructor

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, founded the STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center in

Denver, the premier treatment center for SPD, currently serving as clinical director. In addition in 1979 she founded the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, currently serving as its research director. In this role she directs research at the Foundation and is widely known for fostering collaborative research projects.

She was an associate professor at UC Denver Medical School with a double appointment in Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine for 11 years.

For 35 years Dr. Miller has devoted herself to the study and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder and is spearheading the effort to get SPD recognized as a diagnostic entity separate from other disorders. She is a prolific author, with over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her book, Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has become the definitive source of information on SPD. Dr. Miller’s most recent book, No Longer A SECRET: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges offers on-the-spot problem-solving tips to use for children with sensory issues. She has developed the STAR treatment model, which has been demonstrated through research to be effective.

Dr. Miller also develops norm-referenced standardized assessments that are in use worldwide, including the Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, the Leiter International Performance Scale – Revised and the new Miller Function and Participation Scale or MFun and her latest and ninth scale, Goal-Oriented Assessment of Lifeskills (GOAL). She talks about learning family-centered care during her three terms, totaling nine years on the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council for IDEA in CO. In 2005, she received the Martin Luther King, Jr. award from the State of Colorado.


8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Program registration 9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Program welcome and Introductions
9:10 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Brief History of SPD, SPD Definitions and Exploration of Subtypes, Standardized Performance Measures
10:30 a.m.–10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Evidence-based review of Research in SPD
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. New/Current Research and the SPD Scientific Work Group
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Introduction to STAR Center Treatment Model, Theoretical Model of Intervention at STAR Center
3:00 p.m.–3:10 p.m. Break
3:10 p.m.–3:50 p.m. Principles Related to Treatment Strategies and Clinical Reasoning in Direct Treatment: SMD, SBMD, SDD
3:50 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Completion of program evaluations 


Program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Early registration (on or before June 27, 2016): $105
Regular registration (after June 27, 2016): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00


» Register Online (Credit Card) 

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516-237-8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  •  Social work (6 hours)
  •  CASAC (6 hours)
  •  Nursing (5.5 hours)
  •  Education (6 hours)
  •  Psychology (6 hours)
  •  NBCC (6 hours)
  •  AOTA (0.6 CEUs) 

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.

Coronavirus Update: As New York is on a "pause" for social distancing purposes, all in-person events for the next several weeks have been converted to online, postponed or canceled. Please check this page as information will be updated as possible—and call ahead before any upcoming in-person events until further notice. Thanks. 

For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
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