STAR is excited to build new garden beds that will help kids participating in the feeding program better understand and love the food they eat. And we thought, hey, what a better way to do this than create a way for them to be a part of the magic and grow their own foods. Check out the video at the top of the page to hear more from Nicole Pielage, STAR's occupational therapy feeding specialist, and Sophie.
Sophie, a high school student volunteer, has been working with the STAR Institute Feeding Team in planning and designing several raised garden beds. This project not only supports the children and families at STAR, but also helps Sophie earn her Eagle Scout award as part of the Boy Scouts. Sophie is ready to take the next steps in building the garden, but we need YOUR help in making this dream a reality!
DONATE TODAY and help grow a garden for children and families coming to STAR for feeding therapy and support. Your donation will help purchase materials needed for Sophie to "get to work" and create a fun and hands-on experience for kids to learn about where our food comes from, explore new foods, and encourage healthy eating habits.
And don't forget, you are not only supporting the STAR community, but also empowering Sophie's leadership skills and completion of her Eagle Scout badge.
STAR Institute is the international leader for research, treatment, and education related to sensory integration and processing. We are dedicated to improving mainstream awareness of sensory health and to providing life-changing support and resources for individuals and families across the lifespan. STAR Institute supports all areas of sensory health including mental health, school success, child development, parenting, relationships, and vocational success. For some, disordered sensory processing profoundly impacts daily functioning. However, many differences in sensory processing do not need to be disabling. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality support, resources, and treatment for sensory health.
So what is sensory processing?
Sensory processing refers to how we feel. ALL the information we take in is through our senses, and our brains and bodies process this information through our nervous system. Our ability to process sensory data does not usually require conscious thought or cognitive effort. It provides emotional stability, our sense of safety, a platform for social interaction, sense of self, well-being, satisfaction and/or accomplishment. It shapes how we feel and respond to things throughout the day, impacting everything our habits, routines, roles, relationships, etc.
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