SPD Foundation Conference November 12, 2010 Advocacy.Research.Education.

Ten Fundamental Facts About SPD

* Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children and adults.
* Parent surveys, clinical assessments, and laboratory protocols exist to identify children with SPD.
* At least one in twenty people in the general population may be affected by SPD.
* In children who are gifted and those with ADHD, Autism, and fragile X syndrome, the prevalence of SPD is much higher than in the general population.
* Studies have found a significant difference between the physiology of children with SPD and children who are typically developing.
* Studies have found a significant difference between the physiology of children with SPD and children with ADHD.
* Sensory Processing Disorder has unique sensory symptoms that are not explained by other known disorders.
* Heredity may be one cause of the disorder.
* Laboratory studies suggest that the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are not functioning typically in children with SPD.
* Preliminary research data support decades of anecdotal evidence that occupational therapy is an effective intervention for treating the symptoms of SPD.

– from Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD ) p. 249-250 by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation presents

11th International Symposium 


Pre-Conference Institute

New Conversations…New Possibilities

Leaders in Sensory Processing Disorder discussing
research, intervention, education and parent issues

Featuring Keynote Address by the world renown
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Founder and Executive Director, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
Director, STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center
Author of Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with SPD

Where: The Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 ph 425.638.1000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              425.638.1000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Who should attend: Two tracks featuring the latest information for Parents, OTs, PTs, SLPs, Teachers, School Administrators, MDs, Psychologists, COTAs, adults with sensory challenges, and others interested in joining the discussion about Sensory Processing Disorder

The Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
425.638.1000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              425.638.1000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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Special conference guest room rate $130 per night. Must book before October 19, 2010 to receive this discounted rate! Reserve your room now.

Schedule of Events:

Detailed agenda coming soon!

Friday, November 12 - Pre-Conference Institute

Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide
Dr. Stephen Glass
Diana Henry, OTR/L
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR

Saturday, November 13 – Research and Parent Tracks

Morning Plenary Session - Keynotes:
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Barry Stein, PhD, OTR
Research Track:
Elysa Marco, MD
Marc Wallace
Dr. Ira Glovinsky
Barbara Kalmanson, PhD
Sarah A Schoen, PhD, OTR

Sunday, November 14 – Therapeutic Intervention and
What Parents Should know about the Schools

Ronald Minson, MD
Sarah A Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
Rosemary White, OTR/L
Trina Westerlund
Joanne Duffell
Diana Henry, OTR/L
Afternoon Plenary Session – Keynotes:
Matthew Goodwin, MIT Media Lab
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L