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.
Live on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Mentorship Training: Refining Praxis Intervention for Children with SPD: Intensive Mentorship Program
Live in Newton, MA from Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9, 2019
Live in Newton, MA on Saturday, September 21, 2019
Live in Newton, MA from Sunday, January 19 to Thursday, January 23, 2020
Foundations in Neuroscience
Sensory integration, developed by occupational therapist Dr. Jean Ayres, was founded on principles of neuroscience and provided a way to understand how sensory and motor processes impact behavior. A 2019 Article, Neural Foundations of Ayres Sensory Integration, explores current neuroscience research that informs core concepts of Ayres Sensory Integration. The article further discusses how this knowledge pertains to overall child development and how this understanding can inform intervention. Get your open-access copy by clicking HERE. HERE
Recent Blog Posts
Check out the “Sneaky Fine Motor” activity of the month.read more
It is likely that, as an elementary schooler, you learned about the “five senses” of the body. Perhaps you did simple experiments exploring your body’s receptors for touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight. Then, when you learned about sensory processing challenges,...read more
Children with sensory processing disorder can be quite eloquent about describing their insights and reflections on their lived experiences with SPD. These insights can be valuable to parents and therapists as a means of increasing understanding and identifying ways to...read more
What they’re saying…
The ability to participate in this intervention program was a blessing! I am so thankful for the opportunity.
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!
Dr. Teresa May-Benson is an excellent teacher, she is brilliant, well organized and is passionate about the topics she presents.
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.