Receiving a scholarship from the STAR Center has been a life changing experience. STAR Center engages the entire family as a team to encourage and promote the special needs child.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, the premier treatment center for children with sensory challenges, is announcing a new scholarship program for children of military parents. This announcement is timed to create greater awareness about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in October during National Sensory Awareness Month.
STAR Center scholarships provide financial aid to families seeking solutions for their children with SPD, and other sensory challenges related to Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectral Disorder (ASD) and other behavioral and developmental disabilities. SPD is a neurological disorder that disrupts the way an individual 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, and with an unsurpassed track record. STAR Center is located in Greenwood Village, a suburb south of Denver. The new scholarship fund will provide full or partial cost of therapy based on financial need.
The STAR Scholarship Fund started earlier this year with funding for families from Arizona. One of the families from Arizona that received a scholarship this summer said, “Receiving a scholarship from the STAR Center has been a life changing experience. STAR Center engages the entire family as a team to encourage and promote the special needs child.” The program is now expanding to include military families. It is hoped 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.
“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 are accepted monthly starting October. 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.