The Spiral Foundation at OTA-Watertown

Spiral is excited announce our participation in the Amazon Smile program! 

This program donates 0.5% of all qualifying purchases to charitable organizations at no extra cost to you. All you have to do is go to ',' log in to your usual Amazon account, and change your charity to 'Spiral Foundation at OTA Watertown.' After that we will begin receiving donations courtesy of Amazon equal to 0.5% of every qualifying purchase you make through 

These donations go to support our research into sensory processing and enable us to continue providing you with our many new and exciting educational opportunities. 

Thank you for your support!

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Missed one of our online events?

All of our past webinars and LiveTalks are available for purchase on our webstore! Downloads include a full recording of the original event, and it's yours to keep. Contact hours are available!

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Good reads and resources about sensory integration.

Russian translations, the latest addition to the Spiral website! Check out our "How do I know?" checklists which help parents identify the need for further assessment of infants, pre-schoolers, school-aged children and adults. We're also looking for volunteer translators so we can offer resources to more people.
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In loving memory of Jane Koomar

In Memoriam

Contact us at:

The Spiral Foundation
74 Bridge Street

Newton, MA 02458
(617) 969-4410 ext. 240


Welcome to the Spiral Foundation

An SPD Resource for Parents and Professionals.


Spiral Course Series:


The Sensory Integration Essentials Program


Presented by
Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The last two courses in our 2014 SI Essentials Program are coming up! Don't miss your chance to learn more about this rapidly developing branch of occupational therapy from one of the leading experts in field.

These carefully targeted courses are designed to help participants develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of sensory integration. Then, through our intensive mentorship program, participants learn to apply this knowledge in practical assessment and treatment settings.

Our Next Live Course:

Friday - Saturday, May 16-17: Essentials of SI Intervention

Learn the foundational principles of sensory integration intervention as well as treatment strategies and techniques for specific sensory integration difficulties.

Early Bird (register by May 9): $325
Regular (register after May 9): $365

Followed by Our Next Intensive:

Monday - Friday, August 11-15: Sensory Integration Treatment Intensive

Learn how to apply clinical reasoning and treatment strategies through providing hands-on SI treatment under the mentorship of Teresa and in a state-of-the-art clinic.

Cost: $1,500
($750 initial application fee due on registration; final payment of $750 due 2 weeks prior to course)

Take a Look at Our Other Upcoming Events!

2014 Upcoming Webinars:


Monday 11:00 - 12:30pm EST

Cost: $65

July 17: Putting the Fun Back in Food: Facilitating Oral Motor and Feeding Skills
Presented by: Jessica Lewis, OTR/L

2014 Upcoming Evening Lectures:
Evening Lectures are live events that take place at OTA The Koomar Center in Newton, Massachusetts. Evening Lectures are not recorded.

Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm EST
Cost: $25 

April 30: Promoting Visual and Ocular Motor Skills
Presented by: Kathleen Capone, OTR/L

May 21: Managing Playgrounds and Playdates
Presented by: Melanie Salrot, OTR/L

2014 Upcoming Online Courses: 

May 19 - June 8: Sensory Integration, It's Not Just for Kids: Working with Adults with SPD
Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Early Registration is happening now! Register by May 5 for only $200!

2014 Upcoming Hosted Courses:

Friday-Saturday, May 9-10: Eyesight to Insight (Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
Presented by: Carl Hillier, OD, FCOVD and Mary Kawar, MS, OT/L

"LiveTalk" Evening with the Experts:

2014 Tips and Tricks Series


Download LiveTalks and listen at your own convenience. Once exams are complete for each chat, you get a certificate for contact hours!

2014 "LiveTalk" 2014 Tips and Tricks Bundle Series - Now Available!!

Purchase all 10 chats for only $175 (a savings of $75)!!!

January: Treating Sensory Modulation and Sensory Defensiveness
February: Mastering Intervention for Praxis
March: Auditory Interventions for Therapists
April: Vestibular Activities in Natural Environments
May: Promoting Oculo-Motor Control
June: Facilitating Oral Motor Skills
July: Treating Tactile/Proprioceptive Processing
September: Strategies for Postural Control Intervention
October: Supporting the Social Emotional Needs of Children in SI Intervention
December: Facilitating Fine Motor Skills Development


**"LiveTalk" is a phone-in session giving therapists the chance to chat with an expert, hear strategies and ask questions from the convenience of home.**


Contact us at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 240 to

purchase the 2014 Bundle series today!


Upcoming LiveTalks in our 2014 Series:


Mondays 7:00-8:00pm EST

Cost: $25


April 28: Vestibular Activities in Natural Environments
Featuring: Diana A. Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA


May 19: Promoting Oculo-Motor Control
Featuring: Dr. Celia A. Hinrichs, OD, FCOVD