Our Programs

Free Parent Support Groups

Our support groups are for all parents of sensory kids.  It is a great opportunity to give and receive support related to having a sensational kid, and share information about therapies and daily life strategies. We welcome anyone who would benefit from this opportunity to feel validated in their struggles and celebrated in their successes.

We meet at Cafe Express on North Lamar in the privacy of the conference room. Usually 4-10 parents attend, and there are always new faces.  Many people eat dinner as well. So please join us, and feel free to come and go as your schedule allows.

Cafe Express
3418 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78705 |  map
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please email us at info@austinspd.org. Check our calendar to find upcoming meetings.

Our in-person parent support group meets once a month to offer parents a place to share ideas and life experiences relating to raising a sensory child.

Product Lending Library

We are in the process of creating a library of products like weighted blankets and sensory friendly toys to support children at home with their sensory processing therapies. Designed to allow parents a testing time for recommended products, items are checked out for a certain period of time in order to see if they work before they invest. Products will be available for purchase after the time period expires.

OT For ALL

Occupational Therapy (OT) can be a critical component for helping a child learn to cope with SPD.  Therapists use active, meaningful, and fun activities that engage children and help them get regulated. Therapy also teaches kids how to respond better to different situations where they might experience “sensory overload”.

The problem is that Occupational Therapy for Sensory Processing is rarely covered by health insurance companies, so families have to pay out-of-pocket. Occupational Therapy For All is a program that will help ease the burden of that cost.  And because we partner with expert Occupational Therapists in the Austin area who have earned special certificatiosn to evaluate and treat SPD, the children we help can get the best care possible.

Why Occupational Therapy?

While there is no cure for SPD, children in occupational therapy can have vast improvements in their struggles. It helps them improve their:

    • Attention & focus
    • Self-regulation by responding better to their environment
    • Posture
    • Balance & coordination
    • Fine motor skills
    • Emotional & behavioral responses
    • Improved eating habits
    • Communication and articulation and social skills
    • Social skills and play
    • Sleep patterns
    • Becoming less or more responsive to sensation received

 OT can also help kids with SPD by giving them a safe place to build confidence and self-esteem, and learn social skills like how to make friends.

 


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