Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) July 30, 2014
Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can be overwhelmed because of their difficulty integrating information from their senses. Children with sensory challenges have difficulty when it comes to clothing textures, tags, exposed elastic bands, seams and itchy socks--just some of the obstacles facing children with special needs.
SPD is a neurological disorder that disrupts the way an individual processes and responds to sensations. Individuals with SPD may over- or under-respond to one or more sensations (e.g., a loud sound, or light touch), crave sensations or may have problems with motor skills and coordination.
STAR Center and Soft Clothing, a manufacturer of clothing specifically for kids with SPD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, have teamed up to provide 650 pairs of socks to children with SPD in the Phoenix area through Fiesta Pediatric Therapy, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona, a clinic providing Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy services for low-income families.
“We applaud companies like Soft Clothing that not only recognize that SPD kids have unique needs but are such a generous community partner as well,” said Sheryl Benjamin, Executive Director of STAR Center. “We are thrilled to be able to include a deserving organization like Fiesta Pediatric that provides kids with special needs and their families resources to obtain services that they cannot otherwise afford.”
STAR Center is based in Denver and through grants from the Arizona Community Foundation and other donors, it provides scholarships to help families in need for its specialized intensive therapy developed by leading researcher Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Both a fundraising gala for STAR Center and an educational conference about SPD will take place November 7-8 in Tempe.
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.
About Soft Clothing
Many children are extra-sensitive to the texture and feel of clothing. Soft® is the first line of inclusive clothing designed with the needs of all children in mind, including those with sensory sensitivity, a common symptom of Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD and many Developmental Disabilities. Soft® provides extra comfort with their use of flat seaming, 100% of the softest combed cotton, wide collars, encased elastic waistbands, printed labels (tagless) and more. Soft is based in Brooklyn, New York and designed by Jessica Ralli, a Special Educator, and Suzy Kogen Friedman, a mom to a child with Autism, both of whom share a common goal to design clothing that can enhance a child’s social skills, sensory organization and concentration by addressing unique sensory needs without sacrificing personal style and self expression. Visit http://www.softclothing.net
About Fiesta Pediatric Therapy, Inc.
Fiesta Pediatric Therapy Inc. was started 27 years ago and provides Fiesta Friends is the philanthropic entity associated with Fiesta Pediatric Therapy, Inc. The mission of Fiesta Friends is to provide kids with special needs and their families resources to obtain equipment and services that they cannot otherwise afford.