New research has found a correlation between the ability to detect internal body signals with self-regulation, leading the topic of interoception to gain interest among healthcare professionals in a variety of disciplines (Mahler et al., 2022). Individuals with sensory processing differences, including those with autism and mental health disorders, often experience decreased interoceptive awareness impacting performance across many contexts.
Mental health professionals, occupational therapists, and educators are looking for innovative ways to incorporate strategies into the therapeutic and academic setting to help clients gain skills to improve sensory processing. Interoception training will provide professionals with the opportunity to discover the latest research and learn evidenced-based tools for helping clients improve their interoceptive awareness.
What is Interoception?
Sensory processing is the body’s mechanism for taking incoming sensory information which the body receives from the environment and producing an appropriate response. The more commonly known senses are vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. The proprioceptive and vestibular systems provide the body with information about position sense and how to keep itself upright against the force of gravity. A lesser-known, but equally as important sense, is interoception. Commonly referred to as the eighth sensory system, this sense provides sensory feedback related to internal body sensations. It includes physical sensations such as feelings of hunger, thirst, and heart rate as well as the experiences of emotion. Interoceptive awareness is necessary in order to make appropriate behavioral responses to support one’s individual needs at any given moment.
The courses are suitable for:
- Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Speech Therapists
- Special Education Providers
Upcoming Interoception Training Courses
(closed for registration) Roadmaps to Intervention: Creating Treatment Hierarchies and Establishing Treatment Progressions to Improve Outcomes in Children
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Power Up Your Moves! Support Staff & Teachers Working Together to Flip the Learning Switch Using Effective, Evidence Based Neurodevelopmental Movement
The Neurological Basis for Sensory Strategies: How to Have More Successful Outcomes in Person and Telehealth
Self-Regulation Using Telehealth (and in-person): Guidelines and Techniques for Treatment of the Anxious Student (ALL AGES)
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Gaining a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of interoception will enable therapists to provide high-quality, tailored care to meet the needs of their clients. It will equip professionals with the tools needed to identify signs of interoceptive dysfunction as well as strategies for cutting-edge interoception activities and goals to incorporate into treatment sessions. Expanding sensory-based treatment approaches to include interoception will help clients gain greater awareness of their internal body sensations leading to more adaptive responses and improved well-being.