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

Speaker: Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L

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Session Description:
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.

Credits: Act 48, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired, Teachers who work with students with hearing loss, Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind, Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, Speech therapists, General Education Teachers, Supervisors/Administrators, Assistive Technology Specialists, Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, School Counselors and/or School Psychologists, Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Paraprofessionals, Anyone working with a student in special education

Headshot of Kelly MahlerSpeaker Bio:
Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards, including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is a co-principal investigator in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the ten resources she has authored:
  • The Interoception Curriculum: A Step-by-Step Framework for Developing Mindful Self-Regulation–winner of Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal
  • Interoception Activity Cards–winner of Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal
  • Interoception Yoga Cards
  • Interoception Exercise Cards
  • My Interoception Workbook: A Guide for Adolescents, Teens and Young Adults
  • The Comprehensive Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness-3rd edition
  • Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
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