Research Participation

Details of studies which are currently enrolling and a list of some of SPIRAL’s recently completed studies can be found below.

Studies Currently Recruiting


The SPIRAL Foundation has been engaged by Kinspire Inc. to conduct research on a mobile application called “Kinspire” to examine therapist and family acceptability of the application, initial effectiveness, and feasibility of conducting a larger scale study.

We invite occupational therapists and their clients to participate in a 12-week research study using the application within occupational therapy sessions weekly and for families to engage in home-based activities selected by the therapist through the Kinspire app. Select occupational therapists (not the client’s treating therapist) will engage the client in a 1 hour goal setting meeting prior to the 12-week intervention period and a 1 hour goal scoring meeting following the 12-week intervention period. Participants will also be asked to fill out a survey of their experience with the app following the 12-week period.

If you have If you have any questions please contact the SPIRAL’s Research Assistant, Alison Teasdale or Sarah Sawyer (Clinical Director, OTA The Koomar Center)

Longitudinal Follow Up Of Children with SPD 5 – 30 Years Later

(By invitation only)

The SPIRAL Foundation has been engaged by our sister organization OTA The Koomar Center (formerly Occupational Therapy Associates and OTA – Watertown) to conduct a long-term follow-up study of former clients to better understand the stability of sensory processing patterns over time and how these differences impact occupational performance factors in adulthood.

We are inviting randomly selected clients discharged by OTA from 1989-2013 to participate in a four-part online survey and provide authorization for the SPIRAL Foundation to access certain information from their clinical records at OTA the Koomar Center. Participants may choose to complete two, three or four sections of the survey in one or more sittings. Results for standardized measures used in the survey will be provided to participants upon request.

Responses to the survey will be matched with clinical data from OTA to examine the sensory processing and motor performance, quality of life, occupational performance and lived experience of adults who had sensory processing challenges as children who may or may not have subsequently received Ayres Sensory Integration intervention.

If you receive our invitation to participate in this study we hope that you will help by completing our survey. If you have any questions please contact the SPIRAL’s Research Assistant, Alison Teasdale or Sarah Sawyer (Clinical Director, OTA The Koomar Center)

Interested in participating in one of our studies?

Either follow this link to The Spiral Foundation or contact Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick or Alison Teasdale at or (617) 969-4410 x267. We will answer any questions you may have about participating in a study and obtain preliminary information to determine if you or your child is eligible for any of our studies. If you are eligible then we will describe the appropriate study in detail.

What to expect if you participate

For all studies we will obtain informed consent or parental informed consent, either in person or via an online survey, which will explain the study and what your participation in the study involves. If appropriate, we will also explain the study to your child in accessible language and attempt to obtain your child’s verbal or written assent to participate. You, and if appropriate, your child will then be asked to complete any study forms and/or assessments.

Note: There is no obligation to participate in any research study. If you are a client or caregiver of a client at OTA The Koomar Center, current or future services will not be influenced by your choice to participate or not in any research study. All information collected as part of any research study is confidential.

Recently Completed Studies

OTA The Koomar Center Telehealth Program Review

Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness of a Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy Clinic Telehealth Program: A Program Review


Safe Place: Clinical Utility and Feasibility of a Multi-Disciplinary Intervention for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Complex Trauma – a Feasibility Study

Longitudinal Follow Up of Adults Identified as having Sensory Processing Challenges as Children

What’s the Prognosis? Longitudinal Follow-Up of Children With Sensory Processing Challenges 8 to 32 Years Later

Using Goal Attainment Scaling as an Outcome Measure for Children with Sensory Processing Challenges

Background: Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is advocated as a meaningful outcome measure for parents and clinicians using an Ayres Sensory Integration® Intervention (ASI) approach. Although used in several treatment effectiveness studies, reliability of therapist goal writing and scoring has not been established in this area.

Gravitational insecurity in Adults

Background: Children with sensory processing challenges often demonstrate a specific vestibular dysfunction characterized by an irrational fear of movement experiences referred to as gravitational insecurity.