2022 HELIX Virtual Experience: High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

28. Interoception, the 8th Sense: Nurturing Self-Regulation and Mental Health from the Inside-Out

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Session Dates

Wednesday November 16, 2022 8:00 AM - 12:15 PM - Webinar


Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to feel internal body signals like an empty stomach, tense muscles or racing heart. Research indicates that these internal body signals provide valuable clues to how we feel and what our body uniquely needs for regulation and comfort. For example: Are we Anxious? Overwhelmed? Hungry? Full? In pain? Many people can experience interoception confusion and disconnect, including clients that have experienced trauma. This session will provide an overview of what the latest research tells us about interoception as well as how this sense influences areas such as self-regulation and mental health. Several strategies for assessing and nurturing interoception growth and inner connection will be shared.

Participants will be able to:

  • Define and understand interoception, our 8th sensory system.
  • Describe the impact that interoception has on areas such as self-regulation and mental health.
  • Identify at least one method for assessing interoception
  • Identify at least two evidence-based strategies for nurturing interoceptive awareness.


Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, related service providers, consultants, training and consulting staff, paraprofessionals, family members Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 610-878-7211, or abauerlein@pattan.net.

Event Info

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Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Kelly Mahler

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta