Course Description

The SPD Proficiency Level I course from Temple University is the second step in earning the SPD ProCert 1 Credential, which is conferred automatically after completion of this online course.

This course will apply concepts of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) principles into daily practice, analyze the historical and contemporary principles related to SPD, and apply a clinical reasoning model for the evaluation of SPD. In addition, students will use components of the STAR Treatment Model in practice, and evaluate fidelity to the approach.

Course Outline

  • Online Chat Room Discussions (16 CE hours): These are the classes in and of themselves. When participants log in to the class during the designated class time, these 8 weekly classes equal the 16 total hours for this requirement. Active participation is required to obtain credit for these hours.

  • Professional Development Goals/Reflection Paper (2 CE hours): Participants will develop goals that identify how they would like to develop in clinical practice, research, or academia based on their learning experiences in the STAR Institute and Temple University course. This part of the assignment is completed at the beginning of the course. At the end of the course, participants are asked to reflect on their goals in a one-page paper.

  • Evaluation Experience and Goal Attainment Scale (4 CE hours): The Evaluation assignment asks participants to write a report using the STAR format. Participants come up with 2-3 impact statements, follow-up questions, and an addendum. The Goal Attainment Scale assignment asks participants to write 2-3 goals based on their evaluation report and using the STAR Process Frame of Reference using the Goal Attainment Scale format.

  • Online Discussions (8 CE hours): Participants will post on a discussion board for each module/week. A question, discussion topic, or learning experience is posted after each online class. Each participant should post a 2-3 paragraph response to each board.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand and apply the STAR Fidelity Measure to treatment

  • Utilize current nosology (Miller, 2007) for differential diagnosis of the six subtypes of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

  • Analyze and synthesize information from evaluation tools to direct intervention process for SPD

  • Implement a clinical reasoning process to develop an intervention plan based on principles from the STAR approach

  • Identify functional outcomes associated with evaluation results and intervention goals for SPD

  • Identify new strategies that encourage meaningful engagement for families within the intervention process


Payment plans are possible with 1 payment due at registration, the next due 1 week after the course begins and the final payment due 2 weeks before the course ends.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Sensory Processing Level I - Sept 2020
Online-fixed date/synchronous meeting(s)
8:00PM to 10:00PM
Sep 15, 2020 to Nov 03, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Learning
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,000.00 Click here to get more information
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes
Minimum number of 10 students must be enrolled for the course to run.  Registration for the course closes 1-week prior to the start date of the course.