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

Choosing Wisely(R): Applying the Choosing Wisely(R) Recommendations with Individuals with Reflex Integration Challenges Assessment. A conversation between Patti Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA, Jaymie Stavdal, MS, OTR/L and Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L.

Register here: Listen live Thursday December 16th, 7 – 8 pm EST (Recording will be made available to all participants within 4 days). FREE!

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)

Webinar: Primitive Reflexes/Primary Movement Patterns: Exploring Implications for Evaluation and Integration. Jaymie Stavdal, MS, OTR/L.

Available here: $65 (Included in all SPIRAL Memberships)

Webinar: Primitive Reflexes/Primary Movement Patterns: A Deeper Understanding of Postural Development. Jaymie Stavdal, MS, OTR/L.

Available here: $65 (Included in all SPIRAL Memberships)

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

Recent Blog Posts

Sneaky Fine Motor Activity – April

Magic Rainbow Puzzle balls are a great way to work on finger dexterity and strength as you work to push the colorful balls into their matching holes. Additionally, they are a great bilateral activity as they require one to use a stabilizing hand while the other hand...

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Sneaky Fine Motor Activity – March

Sneaky Fine Motor Activity for March: Fill the Pot of Gold   Laminate small gold coins and a pot of gold. Attach small dots of velcro to the backs of the coins and the pot, alternating the type of velcro dot so that you can also stick the coins together, small round...

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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.


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.

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

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