School-Based Learning for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

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Upcoming Course Dates:

(Option to purchase the
Online + In-Person Bundle
will be provided during registration)


February 21-22, 2020
Rescue, California

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March 19-20, 2020
Mead, Washington

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April 24-25, 2020
Alberta, Canada

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Other 2020 Course Dates:

November 13-14, 2020
Chicago, Illinois

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We now offer THREE learning options for School-based Occupational Therapists!

Our foundational School-based information is now available online through SPD University. Participants may then also opt to attend the 2-day In-Person Course within 1 year to receive a Certificate of Completion and full CEUs. Register for both the Online and In-Person components for the best value!

School-based Learning Options:

  1. Online Content Only: $200*
    5 hours/.5 AOTA CEUs
    Click here to register for the online content alone through SPD University.
  2. In-Person Course: $700
    9 hours/.9 AOTA CEUs
    Registration for the 2-Day In-Person course alone requires previous completion of the online content within the past year. Those with incomplete online coursework will not be permitted to attend the in-person portion of the program and will not receive a Certificate of Completion with full AOTA CEUs.
  3. Online + In-Person Bundle: $800 (best value!)
    14 hours/1.4 AOTA CEUs
    Participants are are strongly encouraged and expected to complete online material before live course, as online material is foundational to more advanced live content. Participants do have a grace period of 3 months after live course to complete online modules if expectation is not met due to unforeseen circumstances. Participants will not receive a Certificate of Completion with full AOTA CEUs until both the Online and 2-Day In-Person components are completed.

About the School-based Intensive Course (Online + 2-Day In-Person Course):

This "hybrid" intensive training course supports the clinician to gain an advanced understanding of sensory processing and integration theory, the STAR Frame of Reference adapted for the schools, evaluation, and various strategies of intervention. The clinician will learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation and analysis with experienced STAR Institute Faculty. The course will end with an opportunity for each clinician to develop an action plan to take back to their own practice.

*Online Content:

5 hours of recorded course content will be made available online through SPD University and is a required prerequisite for attending the 2-Day In-Person portion of the program. This includes:

  • Introduction: Background information on sensory processing from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
  • Frame of Reference: Even when the primary focus of intervention is sensory, the STAR Frame of Reference advocates for a continuous assessment of regulation, and relationships, in the context of mutable environments, social-emotional development, and attention.
  • PROCESS for schools: Introduction to the STAR Treatment Model: The integration of basic principles of sensory integration intervention based on Ayres' original theory and advanced treatment using our clinical reasoning methodology.
  • Research: An overview of SPD research from STAR Institute and the SPD Scientific Work Group as well as applicable research to school setting.
  • Sensory Processing and Integration: Discuss the necessity of integrated sensory systems to development as well as create an understanding of SPD and the SPD subtypes.
  • Regulation: Foundational to development, regulation will be defined and explored.
  • Relationship: What therapist will do to facilitate, cultivate, strengthen strong, healthy therapist/child, child/teacher, therapist/teacher relationships to support desired outcomes.


    In-Person Content:

    Day 1:

    • Differential Diagnoses of Subtypes: What do the different subtypes of SPD look like in the academic setting? What are the sensory principles of treatment for each?
    • Assessment: How to review existing data, interview and observe, complete clinical evaluation, formulate a hypothesis, and synthesize and analyze. 

    Day 2:

    • Write-ups: How to write a participation focused evaluation that connects what was seen in the evaluation to the concerns in the classroom.
    • IEP Process: Use of Goal Attainment Scaling to develop goals, outline service delivery, define accommodations, and develop a data collection system to evaluate treatment effectiveness.
    • A SECRET: Become skilled in the use of this problem-solving tool that helps explain the complexity of OT clinical reasoning to other providers.
    • Treatment: How to develop a customized approach for specific sensory challenges your student experiences.
    • Appreciative inquiry: Follow a process for facilitating positive change in your own environment.

    Download a copy of the full course agenda here


    Who Should Attend

    This intensive training program is designed for occupational therapy practitioners at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. 2-Day In-Person courses will typically be limited to 30 participants so each person can receive individualized training.

    Learning Objectives

    The objective of STAR Institute's Sensory Processing Intensive for School-Based Occupational Therapy Practitioners is to provide participants with a basic comprehension of sensory processing theory and the ability to:

    • Explain how the three areas of sensory, relationships, and regulation can support students in each of the three tiers of RTI
    • Administer a variety of assessment tools to evaluate children with SPD in the school settings
    • Utilize a multifaceted approach to sensory processing and integration that includes consultation, accommodations and modifications, and remedial direct support services
    • Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write IEP’s, and collaborate effectively with student’s team
    • Use clinical reasoning tools for intervention developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoen
    • Observe client session videos, analyze through clinical reasoning, and discuss treatment planning
    • Receive group processing/supervision guided by faculty level clinicians from the STAR Institute

    Continuing Education

    STAR Institute for SPD is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.





    Approximately 14 Professional Contact Hours (1.4 AOTA CEUs) are awarded for full completion of this program. Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.