STAR Services was founded in 1999 by Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, FAOTA; Betty Paris, PT, M. Ed, C/NDT; and Herman Slutsky, Administrative Director. Carolyn an occupational therapist and Betty, a physical therapist, are both certified in sensory integration and hold multiple certifications in neuro developmental treatment techniques for babies, pediatrics and adults. They specialize in working with children and adults with sensory, learning and neurological difficulties. They have used their dual certifications and clinical work experience to develop a holistic, focused outcome-driven approach to working with children called Dynamic Therapeutic Intervention (DTI).
They have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa training therapists, teachers, parents and other professionals since 1993. They have spread their knowledge to greater than 10,000 attendees over the years. Their books, articles and therapeutic strategies are utilized by therapists, teachers and parents the world over.
They provide training, educational workshops, consultations, and products that support a holistic approach, look at the child through professional, focused and outcome driven eyes, are pro-child and improves the child’s ability to function. Their books and publications look at children that have sensory processing difficulties, developmental delays, autism and or behavioral problems and provide easy-to-read information and easy-to-implement intervention strategies.
Honorary members of the Sensory Integration Network of the UK and Ireland, 2003- present; on the Board of Directors for Southpaw Enterprises; past boardmembers for Abilitations/ Integrations School Specialty Co. and have consulted with numerous schools.
Carolyn and Betty have gone on to make plans for future on-line courses to be announced by the end of the year 2017 , in addition to the on site lectures and hands-on courses.
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National Conference presenters 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009,2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015,2016 , 2017 and 2018
Austill’s Rehabilitation Services, Exton, PA 2017
Health Services Executive (HSE), Mayo, Ireland 2017
Belfast, Northern Ireland, Clinical Education Center (AHP Unit) 2016
Sensory Integration Network of the UK and Ireland, 2004 – 2015, 2017
American Occupational Therapy Association, national instructors in the areas of intervention strategies for Autism and PDD, Sensory Integration and Neuro-Developmental Techniques, 1994-1999.
Plenary Speakers for the World Wide Sensory Integration Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 2003
Symposium for Intervention for Persons with Special Needs- Minneapolis, MN, 2003
Autism Conference presenters:
International Conference- NATTAP Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Program / OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence), 2007 & 2008
Department of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2005.
Buck’s County, Pennsylvania, 2008
American Occupation Therapy Assoc. (AOTA)
– Special Autism Conference 2016
Kent, England; Medway National Health Services, Rochester Healthy Living Centre Therapy Department 2009
Courage Center, Minneapolis, MN, 4 Days ASD and Is It Sensory or Behavior - 2011
Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - 2011
Sensory Processing Foundation Symposiums (SPD Foundation) 2011, 2013
Upstate Area Health Education Center, South Carolina - 2013
HELPING EDUCATE ABOUT AUTISM RECOVERY (H.E.A.R.) - Therapy Options - Texarkana, TX 2014
School System Trainings:
Florida Department of Education: 2015 Pinellas County Schools
2007 Florida State for the Regional Weekend with the Experts.
2009 Nova Southeastern University School; Parents Conference on Autism
2010 and 2011 Broward County Schools FDLRS Weekend with The Experts
Ohio School Districts: 2000 Toledo, Ohio- Springfield School District
2006 and 2007 Canton, Ohio- Lincoln Way- Special Education Regional Resource Center
California School Districts-Orange County School District, 2006.
Massachusetts Schools- Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Retardation, 2007, 2008
Houston, TX 2011: Region 4 Education Service Center
Illinois School Districts:2006 Elim Christian School
2006 Easter Seals- DuPage
2007, 2012, 2016 Tazwell-Mason County Special Education Assoc.
Kentucky Public Schools: 2010 Fayette County Public Schools
North Carolina; New Hanover County Schools, Special Education - 2008
Canada; Toronto District School Board - 2007
CEC- Arkansas: 2011
Texas, Region 10, Education service Center 2015
New York Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) 1997.
Miami, Florida; Miami-Dade School System 2003, 2004; Central Agency for Jewish Education, 1997.
Washington - Renton School District, 2000
Tampa, Florida; Hillsborough County School System, 1998; United Cerebral Palsy, 2003.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Broward County School System, 1999, 2010, 2011; Chrysalis Center-2001
Hawaii School System – 2004
Kansas School System- Seventh Annual School Based therapy Conference, 2000.
Texas School System ; Dallas, 2002; Lubbock 2001
North Dakota – Anne Carlsen Center for Children, 2007and 2008