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Article/Podcast: Sensory Processing Disorder Inches Toward the Mainstream

September 6, 2013

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Do you know a child who is undone by loud noises and crowds?  Or one who is impossibly picky about the texture of his food?  These children might be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  What is SPD and why is it controversial?  Host David Onek and guests to examine the unorthodox treatments for SPD and UCSF’s new use of brain imaging to help diagnose it.


Julia Wilbarger, Ph.D, OTL/R – Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Dominion University.  Her mother Patricia she created the Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol.  With Patricia, Julia runs the Avanti Educational Workshops on Sensory Defensiveness and designed an overnight camp for children with Sensory Processing Disorder called Camp Avanti.

Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA –  Private consultant for occupational therapy and sensory issues based in San Ramon.  Patti runs workshops on the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders and has co-authored books on sensory issues, most notably M.O.R.E.:  Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions andOut of the Mouths of Babes:  Discovering the Developmental Significance of the Mouth.

Cassie Britton  – Child Development Specialist and Program Director at The Little School and co-founder of Sensory Social Playgroups.  Additionally, she provides consulting and in-home support services.  She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies.

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Winter Group

Food School Groups | Winter 2023

We are excited to announce that Little Hands will be offering 12-week feeding groups AGAIN this winter! Groups will be separated by age and are on the following dates: 

Ages 6-10 years:

  • Wednesdays, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, starting 1/25/2023

Ages 3-5 years, we are hoping to fill two separate groups on different days, these will be mutually exclusive:

  • Thursdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, starting 1/26/2023
  • Fridays, 10:15 am – 11:15 am, starting 1/27/2023