Celebration of Champions Event Honoring Temple Grandin

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Temple Grandin, PhD, well-known speaker, author, advocate, and celebrity in the world of autism and SPD, was presented with the Champion of Inspiration award on Friday, March 11 by the SPD Foundation and STAR Center during the 2016 Celebration of Champions benefit dinner and auction.

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller presents Dr. Temple Grandin with the 2016 Champion of Inspiration Award.

I have been talking and writing about sensory problems for over 20 years, and am still perplexed by many people who do not acknowledge sensory issues and the pain and discomfort they can cause...

Temple Grandin, PhD, well-known speaker, author, advocate, and celebrity in the world of autism and SPD, was presented with the Champion of Inspiration award on Friday, March 11 by the SPD Foundation and STAR Center during the 2016 Celebration of Champions benefit dinner and auction. Dr. Grandin was recognized for her endless advocacy for those living with autism and SPD. Dr. Grandin was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of four. She has overcome obstacles in her lifetime that others wouldn’t dare test.

Dr. Grandin states "I have been talking and writing about sensory problems for over 20 years, and am still perplexed by many people who do not acknowledge sensory issues and the pain and discomfort they can cause. A person doesn't have to be on the autism spectrum to be affected by sensory issues."

In addition to delivering a fun and inspiring evening, the Celebration of Champions event allowed participants to get a deeper understanding of what it’s like to have SPD through sensory stations. These stations were set up to explore the eight senses and give an experiential example of the struggle that children and adults with SPD face on a daily basis. This evening also included a hosted bar, gourmet food, silent auction, live auction by Letitia Frye (Auctiontainer), and Denver7’s Chief Meteorologist, Mike Nelson as Master of Ceremonies.

SPD includes the sensory challenges associated with autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders (ADD and ADHD), anxiety disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, learning disorders, and other developmental issues.

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of SPD Foundation and STAR Center says, “This neurological disorder 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 which greatly impair quality of life.”

The SPD Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the world leader in research, education, and awareness for SPD. The SPD Foundation offers educational programs, conducts SPD research, and provides resources for parents worldwide. The SPD Foundation provides hope and help to individuals and families living with SPD. For more information, visit http://SPDFoundation.net or call 303-794-1182.

STAR Center, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the premier treatment center for children and families living with SPD, feeding disorders, and other sensory conditions associated with ADHD, autism, and other developmental disorders. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller is recognized as the leader in SPD research and treatment worldwide. For more information about the Greenwood Village, Colorado clinic, visit http://www.SPDStar.org.

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