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STAR Center and Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Launch Awareness Campaigns for National Sensory Awareness Month

Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) October 07, 2014

In recognition of National Sensory Awareness Month, which takes place in October, the STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center and Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation are excited to announce initiatives to generate awareness about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), whats being done to help families and how people can help.

Sensory Processing Disorder acts like a neurological traffic jam that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to understand and respond to sensation. People with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound and movement and it can impact daily activities that most people take for granted.

Help support these families by participating in National Sensory Awareness Month.


1. SPD Spin Challenge

The STAR Center has issued a SPD Spin Challenge to develop better understanding about SPD and what its like to live with SPD on daily basis. Donations will be used to fund research for treatment for SPD.

How it Works

Spin for approximately 10 seconds (e.g., on your feet, in your office chair, on a playground, roll down a hill), then balance on one foot as long as you can. You as the participant, donate $ 10 if you do the challenge, or donate more if you do not. Then you challenge others to do the SPD Spin Challenge and share your experience on social media.

To view videos of people doing the SPD Spin Challenge and to find out more, visit

Some important information:

The Spin Challenge is for fun and educational purposes only. It should not be done by those who have negative responses to movment stimulation e.g. get severely disoriented or ill. Most people have a temporary disruption of equilibrium but in a short span of time, things go back to normal. Individuals with sensory challenges may have severe or unusual responses to movement. The movement (vestibular) system is one of the bodys eight senses and contributes to balance and to the sense of spatial orientation. We hope to generate awareness of what children with SPD deal with on a daily level. Please conduct the SPD Spin Challenge only in a healthy and safe setting and manner.

For children with SPD, sensory challenges can be debilitating and affect normal activities of living, said Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of STAR Center and the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation. More awareness means early intervention, services and hope for the future of our children.


2. New Membership Benefits

The SPD Foundation is highlighting new membership benefits to coincide with National Sensory Awareness Month. The value of multiple benefits far exceed the membership fee and include:

a discount at on any of their 8,000 items,
free access to SPD Universitys new Signature Lecture Series featuring prominent speakers such as Carol Stock Kranowitz, Dr. Susan Bazyk, Dr. Kay Toomey and more
10% discount on all online training programs,
free subscription to Sensory Focus magazine
the knowledge you are helping to raise awareness about SPD

Find out more at


3. Sensation Celebrations

Join the SPD Foundation in organizing, supporting or attending an event in recognition of National Sensory Awareness Month. The awareness campaigns exemplify the determination, dedication and triumph that families raising children with SPD face every day.

While October is National Sensory Awareness month, many people may want to do a summer walk event or combine it with a special event like a birthday party or Bar Mitzvah. Many of the Foundations generous supporters have asked their guests or participants for a donation in lieu of a gift for these types of events, which in turn educates friends and family about SPD. It doesn't matter what time of year you plan your event, just be creative and have fun with whatever you choose to do.

Planning an awareness event is easy with all the tips and tools provided on the SPD Foundations website. Visit the Sensation Celebration organizer page for planning tips and check out past events on the main Sensation Celebration page for some great ideas. Please let the SPD Foundation know it will be promoted on the website. Contact the SPD Foundation with questions and provide details of your event. For more information visit


About Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the world leader in research, education, and awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological condition that disrupts the daily lives of more than 4 million Americans. The SPD Foundation offers educational programs, conducts SPD research, and provides resources for parents worldwide. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, widely recognized as a leader in SPD research worldwide, founded the SPD Foundation in 1979. The SPD Foundation provides hope and help to individuals and families living with SPD. For more information, visit or call 303-794-1182.

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


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Y.A.L.E. School to Host Science Night and Open House

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 07, 2014

Y.A.L.E. School, a licensed private school serving students with autism and other learning differences, is pleased to announce an Open House and Science Night, featuring Dr. Paul Halpern of the University of the Sciences.

A physicist and noted author, Halpern will talk to teens about the concept of time travel throughout fictional literature, movies, TV, and pop culture and will discuss the scientific themes behind it, from Rip Van Winkle to Back To The Future and Doctor Who. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award, Halpern has appeared on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the PBS series "Future Quest," and even "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special."

The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, October 30 from 7:00- 9:00 pm at Y.A.L.E. Schools newest campus located in the vibrant Manayunk section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Y.A.L.E. School offers an environment dedicated to cultivating the strengths, interests, and abilities of students on the autism spectrum and with related differences. The program, designed for students grades 6-8, offers a highly individualized, challenging and creative curriculum for those who are academically capable, but who experience difficulties because of sensory, social competency, executive function, anxiety or learning differences.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Halpern to Y.A.L.E. Schools Manayunk campus for our first Science Night, said Lauren Bell, campus supervisor. His talk is a perfect fit for our students, who enjoy hands-on, project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through classroom and community resources that encourage discovery and exploration.

Attendees can also tour the school, meet the faculty and staff and enjoy refreshments! The event is offered free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, go to our Eventbrite page.

For more information, call (215) 839-0525, or go to


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BFE Software Suite Authors Lynda and Michael Thompson to Present Neurofeedback Workshop in Stoney Lake, Ontario

London, England (PRWEB) May 26, 2014

From June 2-6, 2014 and from Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2014, Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson will be presenting a workshop on Neurofeedback Fundamentals in beautiful Stoney Lake, ON. The bi-annual workshop gives professionals the opportunity to train with two of the most recognized professionals in the field. In addition to running the ADD Centre and the Biofeedback Institute of Toronto, the Thompsons have taught about neurofeedback and biofeedback in 25 countries on five continents and present frequently at professional meetings in these fields. Past workshops have welcomed participants from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, United States, and Canada.

The Neurofeedback Fundamentals workshop will follow the The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology by Thompson and Thompson. The workshop is suitable for clinical EEG biofeedback practitioners of any disciplinary background (psychologists, physicians, nurses, teachers, etc.) who wish to learn more about this field. It provides a review of basic knowledge and will cover topics from areas that comprise the blueprint of knowledge for specialty certification in EEG biofeedback developed by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. This workshop combines comprehensive instruction with an experience of Canada's North. The location is Viamede Resort near Burleigh Falls, an inn on the shores of Stoney Lake in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes District of northeast Toronto.

Neurofeedback Fundamentals Workshop

Presenter: Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson

Date: June 2-6, 2014 and Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2014

Location: Stoney Lake, ON Canada

Contact: ADDCentre(at)gmail(dot)com or

Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson are also co-authors of two software suites available through the Biofeedback Federation of Europe. Their suites - "Setting Up for Clinical Success" and "Specialized Application Scripts" - give a helping-hand to any therapist looking to advance client care with bio/neurofeedback. The software, compatible with the BioGraph Infiniti System, includes an in-depth collection of screens and scripts for a wide spectrum of client disorders and needs. The Thompsons' design and methods extend to ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, autism, anxiety , depression, optimal performance training, seizures, stress and more. Each display arranges different relevant physiology and EEG bandwidth statistics, such that every individual possible requirement for clinical treatment is covered within the whole suite. The "Setting Up For Clinical Success" suite provides all the display screens for independent training, while the "Specialized Application Scripts" suite provides pre-defined 20-to-30 minute long protocols for training ADD/ADHD, seizures, Aspergers, dyslexia, depression and optimal performance.

Drs. Lynda & Michael Thompson

Dr. Lynda and Michael Thompson are based in Toronto, Canada where they run the ADD Centre. They have taught workshops in neurofeedback and biofeedback on five continents. Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a background in teaching. She has authored various books, like The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child (1998) co-authored with paediatrician William Sears. Michael Thompson, MD formerly practiced medicine in addition to serving as Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Childrens neurology department, examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and chairman of their examinations committee in psychiatry. Together they have written numerous professional publications and collaborated on The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology, which has become a basic text in the field of EEG Biofeedback.

About the Biofeedback Federation of Europe

The Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) is community interest company in the UK leading the way to share knowledge in the field of biofeedback. Through its Learn From the Best program, it offers a variety of webinars, online classes, courses, software and workshops with applications in healthcare, mental health, optimal performance and sport. Content is developed independently by International Research & Education Project teams. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop.

Contact: Carol Meyers

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Chapters of The Arc Selected for National Center on Criminal Justice and Disabilitys Pathways to Justice Training Program

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 09, 2014

The Arc is pleased to announce that five chapters of The Arc were selected to pilot implementation of The Arcs National Center on Criminal Justice and Disabilitys (NCCJD) Pathways to Justice Training Program. Through this program, chapters will help build the capacity of the criminal justice system to effectively identify, serve and protect people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), many of whom have "mild" disabilities that often go unnoticed among criminal justice professionals without appropriate training.

Each chapter will create and/or strengthen their current multidisciplinary team on criminal justice and disability issues (what NCCJD is referring to as Disability Response Teams) and gather roughly 50 trainees from law enforcement, victim advocacy and the legal profession for a one-day training on criminal justice issues. The selected chapters are listed below:


ROXO Announces Real Housewives Of New Jersey Star Jacqueline Laurita as Holiday Spokesperson

Detroit, Mich (PRWEB) October 03, 2014

ROXO announced today they will be featuring Disneys FROZEN, Marvel's SPIDERMAN, THE AVENGERS and HELLO KITTY as their Holiday/Christmas Box Sets, among other sets including Guardians of the Galaxy. They will donate 11% of their retail and internet sales of these holiday sets to GENERATION RESCUE, an organization that brings hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to those affected by Autism.

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY Star Jacqueline Laurita will serve as the ROXO celebrity spokesperson for this holiday initiative, Founder of ROXO Greg Ramfos announced today. Ramfos said We are thrilled to have Jacqueline as our spokesperson for this holiday season. ROXO will donate a total of 11% of retail and internet sales from their holiday gift sets starting October 10 thru December 24 to Generation Rescue.

Laurita will do multiple media interviews on TV, radio and print to bring awareness to Autism through Generation Rescue. The ROXO holiday gift sets are available at Kohls, other national retailers and online at

Laurita said, Whenever I find something cool for my kids, I have to share it with others. This holiday season I found ROXOs trendy Holiday Gift Box set (for boys & girls). It features three colorful silicone Disney's Frozen interchangeable charm bands in a DIY kit, including detachable chrome charms of their favorite Frozen characters. They can mix & match band colors and charms or trade with friends! This makes it fun for all kids. The charms easily snap on and off so they can customize their own bands. What kid doesn't get excited about Frozen right now? It's the perfect stocking stuffer; use in holiday gift bags; or as a gift for them and their friends.

Jacqueline also stated For my 5-year-old son, Nicholas (who has Autism), I bury the charms in his Theraputty for him to pick out, which helps him with his fine motor skills. What I love about this company is that they are donating 11% of the sales to one of my favorite Autism Charities 'Generation Rescue.' They help families with financial need to get the support they need for medical treatments and therapies for their child, among other things. It's an easy and amazing way to give back where everybody wins!"


The highest grossing animated film of all time has captured the hearts of children and adults all over the world, and now you can literally wear your Frozen heart on your sleeve with the ROXO Frozen Gift Set. The ROXO Frozen Gift Set features three ROXO interchangeable charm bands with your Frozen favorites. Princess Anna, Princess Elsa, Kristoff, the lovable snowman Olaf and goofy reindeer Sven are displayed in high-res photos encased in our silver finished charms. ROXO interchangeable charm bands allows the wearer to pop photo quality charms on and off soft, colorful silicone bands; perfect for swapping the characters with friends, matching the bracelet to an outfit and customizing the band for a unique and individual look. Let it go and be true to yourself by making your ROXO band your own. No matter if its winter or summer, your Disney Frozen band will always be in style

ROXO has become one of the American Cinderella stories of the year, former Automobile Executive Greg Ramfos created ROXO and established it in 2010. ROXO, LLC is a family-owned business. With the goal of creating an affordable, customizable accessory for kids in which they could show off their individuality, ROXO developed their patented interchangeable charm band. They carry officially-licensed lines with iconic brands like Disney, Pixar, Marvel Comics and their extending properties, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, the NBA, NHL and a number of NCAA teams. To learn more about ROXO, visit

ROXO has exploded in the market place this year and is now in most major retail stores nationwide. In 2014 they are doing in sales monthly, what they were doing yearly last year. This is a true American made American done right company that once again proves that the American Spirit is still very much alive when it comes to companies based in the U.S.A.

ROXOs soft, colorful silicone bands come in a wide variety of awesome colors and feature detachable chrome charms showcasing characters from iconic brands. ROXO allows the wearer to snap the charms on and off the band, making it 100% customizable. Mix and match charms, swap out band colors and share with friends for a completely unique look. ROXO charm bands also have a one-of-a-kind Custom Charm Creator on where people can upload photos of their friends, families, pets, company logo anything at all to create a band that is truly unique and represents the person wearing it! Build up the band with charms and actually wear your heart on your sleeve.


Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. We are usually the first resource families turn to when facing a diagnosis.

Generation Rescue educates, supports, advocates and truly empowers families affected by autism to achieve a better quality of life today and encourages healthy choices for future generations.
Generation Rescue currently helps more than 25,000 families affected by autism spectrum disorders offering programs nationwide that provide services on a local level and providing mentors in 39 countries around the world.


Autism impacts 1 in 17 households and is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the country.
The impact and implications of autism can be scary and hard hitting for families. For example, 92 percent of families have reported that their child is in danger of wandering from home, and 80 percent of marriages that have autism in the home end in divorce.

The annual cost of autism is $ 35 billion a figure expected to significantly increase over the next decade.