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POSTED: JUL 01, 2012

Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., founder of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, has spent the past several decades researching this disorder, dispelling the myths, and finding ways to help children and families struggling with it.

On August 9 and 10, Miller, who is also the author of the best-selling book, "Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder," will lead a workshop in Sioux Falls, sponsored by Children's Care Hospital & School. The first day is open to parents. Occupational therapists, teachers, behavior therapists and psychology professionals attend both days of the workshop.

Tamara Nankivel, mother of two children who began receiving sensory processing disorder therapy earlier this year at the Children's Care Rehabilitation Center, is excited about the workshop. While she has learned much from her boys' occupational therapist over the past few months, She is looking forward to hearing about the latest research and learning more techniques that she can implement at home. Both children, Draven, age 5, and Ryker, age 3, have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and have benefited from specialized occupational therapy focusing on sensory needs. 

"To me, that's the ultimate goal: to be able to learn things that I can use at home to help them with their day-to-day lives. If I can pick up at least a couple of new things, then the workshop will be completely worth it to me," she said. 

Workshop details and registration is available at The workshop will be held at Avera Hall, University Center, 4801 North Career Avenue, Sioux Falls.


Day 1

8:00 am - 8:30 am                Registration

8:30 am - 10:00 am              SPD History, Definitions and Subtypes

10:00 am - 10:30 am            Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm           Evidenced-Based Research in SPD

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm             Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm                Introduction to STAR Center Treatment Model

                                          Principles of Direct Treatment       

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm                Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm                Theoretical Model of Intervention

                                           Engagement & Relationships in Emotion Regulation

Day 2

8:30 am - 10:00 am              Principles Related to Treatment Strategies & Clinical  Reasoning

10:00 am - 10:30 am            Break 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm           A SECRET

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm             Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm              Overview of Scales Related to SPD

2:30 pm- 3:00 pm                Break

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm                Monitoring Progress in Direct Treatment Using Goal Attainment  & Scaling & Visual Analog to Evaluate Treatment Outcomes

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm                Q & A and Conclusions


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