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Next on City Visions: Unorthodox Treatments for Sensory Processing Disorder


Do you know a child who is undone by loud noises and crowds?  Or one who is impossibly picky about the texture of his food?  These children might be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  What is SPD and why is it controversial?  Join host David Onek and guests to examine the unorthodox treatments for SPD and UCSF's new use of brain imaging to help diagnose it.


Julia Wilbarger, Ph.D, OTL/R - Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Dominion University.  With her mother Patricia she created the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. 

Devora Depper, Ph.D. - Developmental Psychologists based in San Francisco.

Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA -  Private consultant for occupational therapy and sensory issues and based in San Ramon, Patti has co-authored a number of books and articles related to the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders, most notably M.O.R.E.:  Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions.

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe