About

Our mission is to improve the lives of children with SPD and their families by conducting research, educating others and empowering scientists to study the diagnosis and treatment of SPD.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children (and some adults). People with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement, giving them a different experience of the world from everyone else. For example, some feel bombarded and overwhelmed by ordinary sensations. Some can perceive sensory information but can’t interpret it correctly. Others seek out intense sensory experiences. This can lead to behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, and many other issues. Children with SPD are often misunderstood and labeled as aggressive or clumsy. They frequently are socially isolated and have trouble in school. Effective treatment is available, but far too many children with SPD are misdiagnosed and not properly treated.

The SPD Foundation was founded by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, in 1979 to help these children and their families.

The SPD Foundation, (formerly known as the Foundation for Knowledge In Development or KID Foundation), is a Colorado public charity that is funded entirely through grants and donations and currently sponsors several programs designed to meet these goals, including:

Ongoing scientific research at the partner treatment facility, STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center

Conferences where scientists from across the country can discuss their research into the roots of Sensory Processing Disorder (the Sensory Processing Disorder Scientific Work Group)

National educational conferences for professionals and parents

An extensive web site, www.spdfoundation.net, which is the main source of information on SPD for thousands of parents and professionals alike

Local support groups for parents

The SPD Resource Directory, which helps parents across the U.S. to find local health care, educational, and community resources that cater to children with special needs

The diagnostic and treatment facilities of the STAR Center

Advocacy efforts aimed at getting SPD listed in standard medical diagnostic manuals, which will help to ensure accurate diagnoses, appropriate treatment, and insurance coverage

We hope that, one day, all children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder will get the support and services they need to lead full lives that maximize their potential and fulfill their dreams. There is much work to be done get us to that point. However, the outlook is bright as the recognition of this disorder increases and the funding base for the SPD Foundation grows.

1. Conducting rigorous research into the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of SPD

2. Providing education for those with SPD and for families, health care providers, policy makers, and the public

3. Conducting advocacy for recognition of SPD