Pizza Box Incline Board

The pizza box incline board is an inexpensive way of providing a child with an adjustable height incline board. It is sturdy and easy to make. Just download the pattern and instructions. Obtain an unused pizza box from your local pizza store and you’re on your way.

The slant top writing board was designed by Elizabeth A. Hagy, OTR/L from the Occupational Therapy Class of 1995, Nova Southeastern University. The instructions and pattern are reprinted by permission.

             Training for Professionals

Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior?

Available as a one or two day workshop

Answering the question "Is it sensory or Is It behavior?" requires more than meets the eye. Therapists must be able to: identify the underlying causes of behaviors; develop intervention strategies to alter the behaviors; remediate the underlying problems, and implement these programs in multiple environments. This highly interactive workshop, using case studies, video analysis and group problem solving, will introduce participants to a concrete methodology to guide clinical observations. Participants will analyze why children behave the way they do, sort out sensory problems from other causes, untangling sensory behaviors from a myriad of other behaviors, and then set up an intervention program addressing the core problems first. Participants will learn the common pitfalls that keep negative behaviors alive, and will develop and use replacement behaviors and positive behavioral strategies to promote desirable behaviors.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Intervention Strategies         
Available as a one or two day workshop

This practical, interactive, evidence-based workshop will look at the unique characteristics of children on the Autism Spectrum. The complex interrelationship between behavioral, communication, sensory and motor control issues will be addressed and a framework provided to guide problem solving and decision making when designing interventions for success within the school, home or clinic environments. Participants will walk away with a solid understanding of the sensory and motor planning issues most commonly seen in individuals with an ASD, how communication difficulties contribute to functional and behavioral challenges, and develop a tool kit of practical hands on treatment strategies, visual and structural supports and accommodations that they can use immediately.

Videos, case studies and group problem solving will be used to help participants clearly identify, prioritize and design interventions for clients of all ages and with all levels of functioning, from low to high.

Integrating NDT and SI: Intervention Strategies
A Hands-on Approach to Maximize Your Effectiveness. Available in one, two and three day sessions.

This hands-on workshop provides a solid foundation for understanding sensory integration and neuro-developmental treatment. Current theoretic foundations and up-to-date research will be used in discussing intervention strategies to address the sensory and motor control issues that co-exist in many individuals with sensory and neurological problems. An integrated evaluation will help participants identify both the sensory and motor control issues seen within the same individual, serving as the foundation for a comprehensive treatment plan.

Videos, case studies, and facilitation labs using a variety of equipment will help participants: learn handling techniques; identify client's base problems; apply principles of NDT to overcome biomechanical and musculoskeletal blocks. Principles of sensory integration treatment techniques and how to simultaneously address sensory issues will be incorporated. This workshop emphasizes improving and changing function of individuals throughout the lifespan through using a holistic approach.

Hands-on NDT techniques that result in immediate changes in hand function, as well as the development of functional hand skills and where hand development goes awry are covered. Direct service as well as consultative approaches will be discussed.

Improving Motor Control and Function
A Hands-on Experiential Workshop Available in one, two and three day sessions.

Motor control issues plague children with ASD, ADD, orthopedic, neurological and genetic disorders. This experiential workshop will focus on hands-on strategies to immediately improve issues related to postural control, upper extremity control, fine motor skills, motor clumsiness and motor planning. Participants will leave having practiced these strategies and with tools to immediately maximize their effectiveness.

Functional Hand Control: Intervention Strategies
Available in one or two day sessions

This dynamic, experiential workshop walks you through the development of intrinsic muscle control within the hand, and it's inter relationship with motor and sensory development.

Participants will develop an understanding of the complex components of normal development needed for functional hand skills. While, utilizing a strong Neuro-developmental treatment approach, the speakers incorporate a holistic approach identifying sensory and functionally based intervention strategies. Adaptive equipment and biomechanical strategies to improve function will be explored. Handwriting will be analyzed as a functional task for problem identification and remediation.

Other Workshops Include:

      Sensory Processing Disorders

      Interventions to Improve Sensory, Behavior and Function

      Developing Visual Motor Integration

      Sensory-based Oral Motor and Feeding Problems and Interventions

      Functional Solutions for School-based Therapists

About the Presenters:

Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, FAOTA is director and founder of Rehabilitation for Children, a pediatric private practice. Carolyn received her undergraduate degree in special education from Ohio University and her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.

Betty A. Paris, PT, M.Ed., C/NDT attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida International University and her Master's in education from the University of Phoenix.

Carolyn and Betty founded a large, multi-clinic, pediatric private practice which specialized in outpatient, home and school-based therapy in Florida that was acquired by a national corporation in 2001. Because of their extensive experience, certificates in sensory integration (Sl) and neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) in pediatrics, babies and adults, they were asked to teach for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 1993. They have continued to expand their lecturing throughout the United States and internationally. Their presentations offer state of the art treatment methods on a variety of topics to improve the functional performance of individuals with sensory and neurological problems.

They are authors of several textbooks, journal articles and products that provide a practical holistic, focused, outcome driven approach. These include:

Autism Interventions, Exploring the Spectrum of Autism 2nd edition

IS It Sensory or IS It Behavior? — Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment and Intervention

Developing Visual Motor Intervention

Sensory Modulation Card Series

Exploring the Spectrum of Autism a Pervasive Developmental Disorders- Intervention Strategies

Herman Slutsky, together with Ms. Paris and Ms. Murray-Slutsky, formed STAR Services, a company dedicated to providing high quality educational and consultative services.

To sponsor a workshop or for more information go to www.STARServices. TV or call (954) 224 - 9050

STAR Services•4041 N. 41 St.• Hollywood, FL 33021• (954) 224 - 9050 • - web: www.STARServices. TV


 STAR Services has workshops scheduled throughout the United States and Europe.   

Review the current list of sponsors and contact information

Workshops presented by:

Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, FAOTA     and     Betty Paris, PT, M.Ed., C/NDT

Updated March 27, 2020

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American Occupational Therapy Conference (AOTA) Mar. 26-29, 2020


March 25, 2020 - Pre-Conference Institute: IN 013

Is it Sensory or Is It Behavior?; Analyze and design treatment programs that maximize participation in individuals with complex behaviors.

Boston,  MA    CANCELED *********CANCELED



April 30 to May 3, 2020   ****Firm DatesTO BE ANNOUNCED AFTER  May 15, 2020****


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD):

Intervention Strategies for Sensory, Motor and Sensory-based

Behavioral Components Across the Lifespan.

Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior?

Changing Behaviours to Improve Functional Performance and Participation

Sydney, Australia




**POSTPONED Until March 8-11, 2021**

September 21 - 24, 2020  (Check Back after April 30, 2020)  


Your opportunity to see US innovators in SI Therapy in the UK 2020 September.

We are delighted to bring you the opportunity to hear directly from two internationally-recognised pioneers of sensory integration therapy this autumn.

Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, FAOTA and Betty Paris, PT, M. Ed. C/NDT are delivering their world-famous workshops for our members:

Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour? Changing Behaviours to Improve Functional Performance and Participation
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Intervention Strategies for Sensory, Motor and Sensory-based Behavioural Components Across the Lifespan

Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Sensory Integration and Behavior
Problem Identification and Intervention

Birmingham, UK 
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