The Spiral Foundation

To increase understanding and acceptance of sensory integration and sensory processing dysfunction through EDUCATION and RESEARCH

The Spiral Foundation offers a wide variety of educational programs and materials, including:

Full courses, live and on-line, on a variety of introductory to advanced topics.
Presentations on a variety of intermediate topics for parents and professionals.
Free resources for adults and caregivers of children with SPD.
Audio only podcasts on a variety of introductory topics for professionals.
Resources and research studies on topics informing knowledge of SPD.


The Spiral Foundation serves national and international audiences by providing resources for therapists and other professionals who work with individuals with sensory processing difficulties, as well as adults and children living with sensory dysfunction and their families.

By conducting and disseminating current research and providing educational programs in a variety of on and offline formats we strive to improve the lives and well-being of individuals with difficulties processing and integrating sensory information across the globe.

Featured activities

Membership. Access over 170 pre-recorded webinars, LiveTalks and self-study articles, including the 2 LiveTalks above, for a full year.

Join here: SPIRAL Individual Membership $149/year

Online Course: SAFE PLACE: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Treating Children with Complex Trauma and Sensory Processing Disorder – A Training Program. Sarah Sawyer, MA, OTR/L and Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA.

Available here: $200 (SPIRAL Members receive a 20% discount)

Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness of a Sensory Integration

Occupational Therapy Clinic Telehealth Program

Congratulations to Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick, OT, MS, OTR and Sarah Sawyer, OT, MA, OTR on their presentation at the MAOT Virtual Conference 2021.

Inter-Rater Reliability of Goal Attainment Scaling with Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (May-Benson et al., 2021). Download here


Featured Products

A conversation with Yael Beth-Halachmi, M.A. Dance Movement Therapist moderated by Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L Live: Thursday, August 25, 2022. View product.
Dr. Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA Live Online 6 Hour Course: October 1, 2022. 9:30am - 4:30pm EST $174 View product.
A conversation with Andrea Bushala, MSW, LCSW, RPT moderated by Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L Live: Thursday Sept 29, 2022 7-8pm View product.
ASH Medical - Digital
Designed to obtain important background, medical and developmental information needed for a comprehensive sensory integration-based assessment. It includes information that View product.
ASH: SR Supp - Digital
Designed to complement the Caregiver Questionnaire. The Self-Report Supplement consists of 63 items from the comprehensive Adult/Adolescent Sensory History – View product.
ASH Caregiver Digital
Designed as an alternative for the Self-Report Questionnaire. It is designed to be completed by a parent, guardian or other View product.
ASH: Self-Report Digital
The primary questionnaire for the measure. It is designed to be completed by the adult or adolescent themselves either independently View product.
ASH: Manual
A comprehensive manual detailing the use, administration and interpretation of the Adult/Adolescent Sensory History. It includes instructions for use of View product.
Includes User’s Manual, Scoring Program (PDF Fillable Form or PC-Microsoft Excel 2010), 10 each of Self-Report Questionnaires, Caregiver Questionnaires, Self-Report Supplements, Medical View product.
A conversation with Dr. Dan Hughes, Ph.D & Sarah Sawyer, MA, OTR/L moderated by Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L Originally recorded View product.

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What they’re saying…

Brilliant and passionate

Dr. Teresa May-Benson is an excellent teacher, she is brilliant, well organized and is passionate about the topics she presents.


This class was phenomenal. I had no idea it would present such in-depth information that directly pertains to my practice and covers more explicit in-depth neuro, functional information and sensory pragmatics than my courses in my OT training. Thank you!

Memorable and applicable

Loved Sue! She did a great job explaining a difficult and detailed topic in a short period of time! Would go to any future courses taught by her. I am certified in SI and have also taken refresher theory and treatment courses, but this course was exceptional. The material was easy to follow and presented in a clear manner, making it memorable and immediately clinically applicable.


The ability to participate in this intervention program was a blessing! I am so thankful for the opportunity.

The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.

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