Research Facility

OTA The Koomar Center is committed to working alongside The Spiral Foundation in its dedication to expanding the body of research and knowledge on sensory processing and its effect on children and adults. We strive to improve awareness of sensory dysfunction and how it impacts daily life. In addition to conducting our own research on Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), we conduct collaborative projects with other universities and organizations such as Boston University, Thomas Jefferson University, The SPD Foundation and Pediatric Therapy Network. Our research is approved by the Spiral Foundation Institutional Review Board, which ensures the ethical and humane treatment of persons enrolled in research.

The Spiral Foundation, through OTA, has conducted the research studies listed below, examining aspects of sensory processing in individuals with identified sensory processing disorder. Together over 30 studies have been completed and many more are underway.

  • Sensory Processing in Children with ADD
  • Coping Skills in Children with Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • Relationship of Coping Skills and Sensory Processing
  • Sensory Processing in Typical Adults
  • The Relationship of Praxis to Avocational Skills in Children with Dyspraxia
  • Comparison of Coping Skills and SIPT Scores in Children with SI Dysfunction
  • Incidence of Birth Trauma and Post-Natal Illness/Injury and Relationships to Sensory Integration
  • Problems in School-Aged Children”
  • Examination of Sensory, Motor, Behavioral, and Social-Emotional Factors Related to Sensory Integrative Dysfunction

For more on these and other research projects that are currently underway or to discuss a collaborative research project, please visit The Spiral Foundation or contact Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L at tmaybenson@thespiralfoundation.org.