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.

April is AOTA Inspire 2021

SPIRAL Foundation and OTA The Koomar Center are excited to be presenting the following at AOTA Inspire:

Short Course: 124 – Feasibility, Acceptibility, and Effectiveness of a Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy Clinic Telehealth Program: A Program Review. Presented by: Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick, MS, OTR/L, Sarah Sawyer, MA, OTR/L and Alison Teasdale, BSc.

Tuesday April 6th, 3:15-4:15pm EST

Scientific Research Panel 301C – What’s the Prognosis? Longitudinal Follow Up of Children with Sensory Processing Challenges 8-32 Years Later. Presented by : Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick, MS, OTR/L, and Alison Teasdale, BSc.

Thursday April 8th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST.

Poster 210 – Clinical Reasoning Using The FOCUS Program for Mealtime Success: Case Study Examples. Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Lori Goodrich, OTR/L, C/NDT.

Tuesday April 13th, 5:00 – 6:00pm EST.

Poster 328 – Performance of School-Aged Children with Sensory Processing Challenges and Typical Peers on the Motor Planning Maze Assessment. Presented by Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick, MS, OTR/L, and Alison Teasdale, BSC.

Wednesday April 14th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm EST.  

Poster 306 – Performance of Typical Adults With & Without Self-Reported Fearfulness to Movement on the Gravitational Insecurity Assessment—Revised. Presented by Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Laura Ruzzano, MSc, MA, OTR/L, and Alison Teasdale, BSc.

Wednesday April 14th, 5:00 – 6:00pm EST.




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The FOCUS Program for Mealtime Success

Looking for a comprehensive approach to supporting individuals who experience eating and mealtime challenges?  Get to know The FOCUS Program for Eating and Mealtime Success, a systematic and whole-body approach that supports clients of all ages to expand their food...

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What they’re saying…


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

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.


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!

Brilliant and passionate

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

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

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