Helping Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders

Helping Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders
Thanks to the generous community, our campaign has raised more than $101,504 toward improving SPD patient care and research. Please make a special gift today. 
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From all of us here at SNAP, we wish you a very Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

January 06, 2017

We recently received some very exciting news from UCSF’s News Center. Thanks to your generous and endless support, our article discussing the groundbreaking brain imaging findings for children with SPD was the most read story of 2016.  You can read more about it here: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2016/12/405116/most-popular-science-stories-2016.

Given the tremendous success of our 2016 fundraising campaign, we plan to continue funding new studies through our crowdfunding website throughout 2017 and are always taking donations.  Thank you for your generous contributions - this work would not be possible without your help. Together we WILL make a difference. 

With appreciation,  Elysa Marco, MD and the UCSF Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program Team

Update! UCSF Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program

September 22, 2016

We are so grateful that our SNAP community is continuing to grow so we have decided to keep our crowdfunding site open to make it easy to contribute.

The SNAP team in conjunction with UCSF Neuroscape is striving to find better ways of assessing attention in children with neurodevelopmental disorders from all causes.  We have recently reported that using an interactive video-game like assessment tool appears to be more powerful than standard cognitive tests.

You can read more about it at :  https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2016/09/404291/video-game-more-accurate-standard-tests-iding-kids-attention-deficits-study

Thank you for your support and share our story. Together we WILL make a difference.

With appreciation,

Elysa Marco, MD; Joaquin Anguera, PhD; and the UCSF Sensory Neurodevelopment and Autism Program Team

Campaign Deadline Extended by TWO Days!!

June 28, 2016

There are only TWO days left in our campaign and we need your generous support! 

By making a giftYOU are changing lives and giving hope to the 1 in 20 children who suffer from sensory processing disorders (SPD). 

An exciting article was posted on BBC highlighting the progress our lab has made in the field of SPD research. Read to learn more! http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160617-the-daily-pain-of-having-extreme-perception

We are grateful that friends like you have helped us raise over $57,000 so far. Every gift, no matter the size, is critical in bringing new understanding and treatments to these neurodevelopmental challenges.

Please visit our site and donate today!

Thank you for your support and for sharing our story. Together we WILL make a difference.  

With appreciation, 

Elysa Marco, MD and the UCSF Sensory Processing Team

Campaign Finish Line

June 03, 2016

There are only a few days left in our campaign. We need your generous support! 

By making a gift YOU are changing lives and giving hope to the 1 in 20 children who suffer from sensory processing disorders (SPD). 

We are grateful that friends like you have helped us raise over $50,000 so far. 

But now we are down to the wire to reach our fundraising goal of $75,000.

Every gift, no matter the size, is critical in bringing new understanding and treatments to these neurodevelopmental challenges

"Exciting research like that of Dr. Elysa Marco and colleagues makes it ever more evident that SPD is a real and unique disorder, which can be treated so that children, adolescents and adults struggling with sensory challenges can improve their daily lives."  - Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with SPD in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years  

There is more we can do, but we can’t do it without YOU. 

Please visit our site and donate today.

Thank you for your support and share our story. Together we WILL make a difference.  

With appreciation, 

Elysa Marco, MD and the UCSF Sensory Processing Team

SENSORY NEURODEVELOPMENT AND AUTISM PROGRAM RESEARCH NEWS

May 25, 2016

We are making exciting discoveries in the field of attention and cognitive enhancement in children with SPD. Just see the picture below! We found that when children went through a 1 month cognitive training intervention, we saw enhanced neural activity in children with SPD who also had ADHD symptoms (SPD+IA). 

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There is more we can do, but we can’t do it without YOU. Visit our site crowdfund.ucsf.edu/1in20SPD and donate today.

Your gift will allow us to continue researching advanced intervention opportunities for the 1 in 20 children who suffer from these neurodevelopmental challenges.  As of today, we’ve raised over $48,000 towards our goal of $75,000. Remember, every gift, no matter the size, is critical in bringing new understanding and treatments to this disorder.

Thank you for your support and share our story. Together we WILL make a difference.  

DONATE TODAY!

With appreciation, 

Elysa Marco, MD and the UCSF Sensory Processing Team

Thank you! Because of you we are changing lives and giving hope.

May 16, 2016

YOU are changing lives and giving hope to the 1 in 20 children who suffer from these neurodevelopmental challenges.  As of today, we’ve raised over $47,000 towards our goal of $75,000. Every gift, no matter the size, is critical in bringing new understanding and treatments to this disorder.

We have 20 days left to reach our goal. Please help us get the word out for our SPD research and crowdfunding campaign: Tweet it, Post it and shout it from the roof tops!

Sensory Processing Disorder author, advocate, and educator, Rachel Schneider, recently shared her thoughts on our work and what it means to her:

'Through their research, the team at UCSF is changing the lives of people with Sensory Processing Disorder - including mine. For the first time, we're able to look at scans and see that the seemingly-unusual, often-debated sensory experiences we've had all our lives are, in fact, quite real. The UCSF team's findings are pivotal to our understanding of SPD as a discrete neurological condition worthy of attention. Their work is helping to not only legitimize SPD within the scientific and medical communities, but within our families and social circles, as well as in our own minds.’ 

- Rachel S. Schneider, M.A., MHC 

Author, Making Sense: A Guide to Sensory Issues

With appreciation, 

Elysa Marco, MD and the UCSF Sensory Processing Team Director, UCSF Sensory Neurodevelopment & Autism Program