STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder Announces New Resource for Preschool Educators

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STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has created a new resource that is helping educators who work with children in preschool environments who may have sensory sensitivities or Sensory Processing Disorder.

Preschool aged children play at STAR Institute's Treatment Center in Denver, Colorado

Sensory Processing Disorder looks different in every individual, which sometimes makes it difficult for parents, teachers, and health professionals to quickly pinpoint.

STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has created a new resource that is helping educators who work with children in preschool environments who may have sensory sensitivities or Sensory Processing Disorder. The free downloadable resource is available on STAR Institute’s website and includes descriptions of SPD and sensory sensitivity subtypes, a comprehensive red flag checklist, and tips for creating sensory friendly learning environments.

This resource packet was developed through two focus groups with Colorado based preschool educators and fine-tuned with individual feedback from these educators. “It’s exciting to see that small adjustments in the classroom for a child who is having sensory difficulties can make all the difference in a child’s experience of learning. We need to get this information out to as many educators as possible,” explains Dick Layton, Director of STAR Institute.

STAR Institute reports that many children who have SPD or sensory sensitivities are misidentified as having behavioral issues when they are actually experiencing the effects of a neurological disorder where the sensory information that the child perceives results in abnormal responses. Sensory Processing Disorder can affect anyone. Studies indicate that 5% to 16% of children exhibit symptoms of SPD (Ahn, Miller et. al., 2004; Ben-Sasson, Carter et. al., 2009) making educating teachers and parents about this disorder imperative for the futures of these children.

SPD looks different in every individual, which sometimes makes it difficult for parents, teachers, and health professionals to quickly pinpoint. However, with the development of resources geared towards educating parents and professionals, STAR Institute is making early intervention for SPD more likely for families. While most people have occasional difficulties processing sensory information, for children, adolescents, and adults with SPD, these difficulties are chronic and they can significantly disrupt everyday life.

STAR Institute is asking families of children with SPD and adults with SPD to get this preschool resource into the hands of educators so that future children with sensory processing challenges can be given the resources they need right away. Download here: https://www.spdstar.org/basic/educator-resources

About STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder:
STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the world leader in treatment, research, and education for Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological condition that disrupts the daily lives of more than 4 million Americans. STAR Institute is the premier treatment center for children, adults and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, and other sensory conditions associated with ADHD, autism, and other developmental disorders. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of STAR Institute, is widely recognized as the leader in Sensory Processing Disorder research worldwide. For more information about the Greenwood Village, Colorado clinic, visit http://www.SPDStar.org or call 303-221-7827.

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