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 Interoception, The 8th Sensory System: Practical Considerations and Strategies for Improving Self-Regulation and Social Cognition

Presenter: Kelly Mahler

Date/Time: Thursday, December 1 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm

Room: John Bassett Theatre

Abstract:

Interoception is an extremely important sensory system that helps us to ‘feel’ the internal states of our body like hunger, thirst, needing the bathroom, pain, sexual arousal, heart rate and muscle tension. Additionally, research indicates that interoception is closely tied to our emotional experience. This presentation will provide an overview of what research tells us about interoception, and how to apply this research when developing programming for individuals with autism. Discussion will focus on the link between interoception and many important skill areas including self-regulation and social cognition. Several practical strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the eighth sensory system called Interoception
  2. Name 3 skill areas that are impacted by Interoception
  3. Name 2 strategies used to build Interoceptive Awareness

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