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: Over 170 pre-recorded webinars, LiveTalks and self-study articles included and 20% discount on online courses, for a full year.  Join here: SPIRAL Individual Membership $149/year

LiveTalk: Mentoring in The Art of Therapy: Being Child-Led with Anne Trecker, MS, OTR/L. June 8, 2023, 7 – 8pm EST (recording available by June 12). Included in SPIRAL memberships.

Live Online Course: Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis: From Ideation to Execution​ with Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, FAOTA, OTR/L. June 16 and 23, 2023, 4 – 11pm EST.

Webinar: Introduction to the Adult/Adolescent Sensory History© (ASH) with Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, FAOTA, OTR/L. May 22, 2023, 11 – 1pm EST (recording available by May 25). Register here: $56 members / $70 non-members  (Member discount applied at checkout).

2023 Online Synchronous Courses


Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

We are excited to offer 8 live online courses with internationally renowned speaker Dr Teresa May-Benson. Information on all courses can be found on our Current and Upcoming page when available.


Featured Products

Dr. Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA Live Online 12 Hour Course: June 16th, and June 23rd, 2023. 4 - View product.
Anne Trecker, MS, OTR/L Moderated by Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L Live June 8, 2023, 7 - 8 pm EST Recording View product.
Beinhaltet Benutzerhandbuch, Bewertungsprogramm (ausfüllbares PDF-Formular oder PC-Microsoft Excel 2010), Jeweils 10 Selbstbefragungsbogen für Jugendliche/ Erwachsene zu ihrer Sensorischen Verarbeitung, Betreuer View product.
Der primäre Fragebogen für die Maßnahme. Es ist so konzipiert, dass es vom Erwachsenen oder Jugendlichen selbstständig oder mit Hilfestellung View product.
Entworfen als Alternative für den Selbstbefragungsbogen für Jugendliche/ Erwachsene zu ihrer Sensorischen Verarbeitung. Ausgefüllt von einem Elternteil, Erziehungsberechtigten oder einer View product.
Entwickelt, um wichtige Hintergrund-, medizinische und Entwicklungsinformationen zu erhalten, die für eine umfassende sensorische Integrationsbewertung erforderlich sind. Die Maßnahme umfasst View product.
Entwickelt, um ergänzen den Betreuer Fragebogen. Das kurzversion besteht aus 63 Elementen aus dem umfassendt Selbstbefragungsbogen für Jugendliche/ Erwachsene zu View product.
Featuring: Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA Live Monday May 22, 2023 11 - 1pm EST Recording available to all View product.
Sarah Sawyer, MA, OTR/L Moderated by Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L Live May 4, 2023, 7 - 8 pm EST Recording View product.
Dr. Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA Live Online 6 Hour Course: May 13th, 2023. 9 - 4:00 pm EST View product.

Recent Blog Posts

My Sensory Motor

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...

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Providing an Equal Opportunity

Providing an Equal Opportunity

When I tell people that I want to become an occupational therapist, I often get responses like, “What is that, therapy for the workplace?” While it is true that many occupational therapists (OTs) help adults recover from injuries so that they can go back to work, OTs...

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What they’re saying…


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.

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 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.