What changed the most for me was seeing Josh’s potential and being surrounded by a community that understood and told me ‘It’s not your fault’ and that there is hope.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) November 11, 2013
STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, the premier treatment center for children with sensory challenges, is starting a fundraising campaign for special needs children of military parents. All proceeds raised through this campaign with Indiegogo.com will go towards the STAR Scholarship Fund. One of the military families seen at STAR Center is highlighted in the videos on the campaign page.
“What changed the most for me was seeing Josh’s potential and being surrounded by a community that understood and told me ‘It’s not your fault’ and that there is hope,” said Laura Pittman, military wife and mother of two. “STAR Center offers that life changing opportunity for your child and family.”
STAR Center scholarships provide financial aid to families seeking solutions for their children with SPD, and other sensory challenges related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and other behavioral and developmental disabilities. SPD is a disorder that disrupts the way the brain processes and responds to sensations. A person with SPD usually has difficulty with social interactions, emotion and behavior regulation, and/or motor performance. SPD affects daily activities and relationships, impairing quality of life for more than 4 million Americans.
Scholarships support therapy at STAR Center, the premier treatment clinic for these disorders. STAR Center, located in a suburb south of Denver, has an unsurpassed track record. The scholarship fund provides full or partial cost of therapy based on financial need.
The STAR Scholarship Fund started earlier this year with funding for families from Arizona and is now expanding to include military families. STAR Center hopes that in time, more donors will come forward to support scholarships for families, as insurance often does not cover the treatment. Therapy for SPD is very individualized and takes time and funding to train the brain how to respond appropriately to sensations.
The Indiegogo site is an easy way to support the scholarship program. Additionally there are gifts for different levels of funding including autographed books by Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the world’s most accomplished and well known adults with autism and Dr. Lucy Jane Miler, internationally known for her research on SPD. This drive is open for the next 36 days with a goal to raise $28,000 for needy families.
“Children with SPD have challenges getting through each day,” said Sheryl Benjamin, executive director, STAR Center. “Adding the complexity inherent in active military families of frequent relocations, deployment, or a parent being gone for months, makes daily life even more challenging. We are delighted that we can expand this program to help military families in this supportive way. We call on the military community to share this exciting news and learn about Sensory Processing Disorder.”
Applications for STAR scholarships are accepted monthly. All applications are processed on line at http://www.starcenterscholarships.org and require that the child be accepted into the therapy program and able to come to STAR Center for therapy.
ABOUT STAR CENTER
STAR Center, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the premier treatment center for children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, and other sensory conditions associated with ADHD, autism, and other developmental disorders. STAR Center offers intensive “burst” treatment that research shows is effective in treating sensory issues. Parents are involved throughout the process so families can learn to create sensory lifestyles and continue to see progress after the formal treatment program ends. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of STAR Center and Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, is widely recognized as the leader in Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) research worldwide. For more information about the Greenwood Village, Colorado clinic, visit http://www.SPDStar.org.