Dr. Lucy Miller, an Expert on Sensory Processing Disorder (Old)

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller founded the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in 1979, and has served as its executive director ever since. Dr. Miller was also an associate professor at UC Denver Medical School with a double appointment in Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine for 11 years.

In 2005, Dr. Miller founded the STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, co-located with her Foundation in Denver. For 35 years Dr. Miller has devoted herself to the study and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder and is spearheading the effort to get SPD recognized as a diagnostic entity separate from other disorders. Dr. Miller has also authored more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Her book, Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has become the definitive source of information on SPD. Dr. Miller developed the STAR treatment model, which has been demonstrated through research to be effective for SPD. Dr. Miller also developed norm-referenced standardized assessments that are in use worldwide, including the Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, the Leiter International Performance Scale, and the new Miller Function and Participation Scale (or M-FUN).

Dr. Miller has held talks about learning family-centered care during her three terms, totaling nine years on the Governor’s Inter-agency Coordinating Council for IDEA in Colorado. In 2005, she was given the Martin Luther King, Jr. award from the State of Colorado.

Listen to Dr. Miller’s interviews on SPD:

What is SPD?
What are the subtypes of SPD?
How is it Assessed?
Where Can I go to Get an expert assessment of SPD?

What is Occupational Therapy?
What does the treatment of SPD look like?
Is there specialized training that you do for OTs who may not be trained in working with SPD?
Is there any evidence that OT is effective with SPD?

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How is SPD Different from Anxiety, ADHD and Autism? Will my child grow out of it?

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What is the newest research about SPD?
What is the prevalence of SPD?
Is there any evidence suggesting a cause?
What does the SPD Foundation need to move forward faster?