Helping Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders

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Helping Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders

Dr. Marco and her team of Visionaries at UCSF are discovering the biological basis for Sensory Processing Disorders and finding treatments to reimagine a future for all children with SPD.

My son feels too much. Simple things, like, an unexpected hug, brushing his hair, even the sound of fan can send him into a tailspin… as a mom my greatest wish is for him to be carefree, to feel safe. I dream of a day he’ll experience the world without fear and without pain. 

–  A mother of a three year old boy with SPD 

Dr. Elysa Marco is our hope for the future of kids with sensory challenges. Her research is incredible and among the most well-articulated proof that sensory impairments have both brain and behavior correlates. I’m so very happy to know that Dr. Marco is moving her incredible work forward.

–  Dr. Lucy Miller, Founder, STAR Institute for SPD


At UCSF, Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program SNAP is the compassionate team leading the way in SPD research.

Join us, make a gift. We can’t do this work without YOU!

In the last year we have:

  • Deepened our understanding of the relationship between brain wiring and auditory and tactile processing in children with SPD.

  • Identified that 18% of our children with SPD have a major genetic contributor and their parents have a higher chance of small changes in their DNA.

  • Used brain imaging to show that children with SPD and Autism ARE measurably different in their brain response to simple touch.

  • Shown improvement in our children’s ability to pay attention with 4 weeks of brain training and these results last!

But it is just the start… with your help in the next year we plan to:

  • Deeply explore the genes and proteins that add up to SPD.

  • Uncover the brain connections that cause fine motor and attention challenges.

  • Use virtual reality with body training to improve brain function in children with SPD.

Click on "Give Today" to make your gift. Questions about how you can help? Contact Jennifer Lyon, UCSF Director of Annual and Special Giving, at 415-476-8975 or


Thank YOU for championing our mission to integrate the most innovative research with the best in patient care for every child with sensory differences.