Increase the effectiveness of your treatments using the latest evidence-based research on Interoception. This course will help you improve your clients’ functioning in self-regulation, language development, positive behavior, and social participation. Evidence-based treatment strategies to assess and improve interoception will be the focus of this course. Highlights from “The Interoception Curriculum,” a step-by-step framework for improving interoception will also be included. Participants will
learn how to adapt all strategies to effectively meet a variety of client needs and improve client outcomes. The strategies presented in this course are effective for use in many different settings including home, schools, community, and clinic.
What is Interoception?
Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to feel internal body signals like a full
bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to
clearly notice and interpret these internal body signals enables us to accurately identify and manage how we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Interoceptive differences are very common in a variety of individuals including those with
autism, trauma disorders, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and behavioral
challenges causing significant difficulty in identifying and managing the way they feel. Interoception is emerging as a key factor in the development of healthy social-emotional function and underlies specific skills such as self-regulation, positive behavior, language development, and social
- Describe interoception, our 8th sensory system, as well as recent research in effectiveness
- Interpret results from at least 2 methods for assessing interoception
- Apply at least 3 strategies for building interoception to your caseload and setting
- Synthesize research foundations of interoception with the
- knowledge of the needs of your caseload to design a treatment
- plan for your clients to improve outcomes in language development, positive behavior, social participation, and independence
Kelly Mahler earned an MS in Occupational Therapy as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is currently a doctoral student at Misericordia University. Kelly has been an occupational therapist for 17 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Misericordia University. She is actively involved in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, sensory processing, trauma, and autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the seven books she has authored:
The Interoception Curriculum: A Step-by-Step Framework for Developing Mindful Self-regulation— winner of Mom’s Choice Award
Interoception Activity Cards— winner of Mom’s Choice Award
Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
The Comprehensive Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness
Sensory Issues and High Functioning Autism (with Myles and Robbins) —winner of National Parenting Publications Bronze Medal
Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges (with Benton, Hollis, and Womer)
Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders — winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal
Kennedy Krieger Outpatient Center
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The course meets the criteria for 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs). Application has been made to the MD Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The DE, VA, and DC Board of Physical Therapy recognizes other state board approvals.
Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 14.4 hours.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 12 contact hours - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
This course is offered for up to 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area)
NBCOT professional development provider - 12 PDUs