What is my body telling me and why does it matter?
Interoception as the foundation for recognizing, understanding, regulating and communicating how you uniquely feel
Presented by Kelly Mahler and Kim Clairy
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? Needing the bathroom?
Many people experience barriers with interoception, but those with complex medical and/or communication needs have additional factors to consider when it comes to recognising, understanding, regulating, and/or communicating how they feel.
This course will provide an overview of what the latest research tells us about interoception as well as first-hand accounts from Kim’s own personal interoception journey as an autistic person.
An evidence- based framework for supporting interoception connection will be shared, including multiple strategies for nurturing the 3 main aspects of interoceptive awareness: body, emotion, action.
Several examples will be shared on how to adapt this framework and strategies to meet a client’s learning, processing, and communication needs.
Participants will be able to:
Explain the connection between interoception and understanding, regulating and communicating how you feel.
Differentiate between body based experiencing and cognitive based supports.
Identify at least 2 strategies to support interoceptive growth in clients of all ages.
Identify at least 1 way each strategy can be adapted to meet a client’s learning and processing needs.
Join us for a LIVE 2-hour online webinar with Kelly and Kim. A recording will be available for a limited time afterwards (30 days only).
Start times for Australian timezones:
QLD / NSW / ACT / VIC / TAS: 8:30am - 10:30am
SA / NT: 8:00am - 10:00am
WA: 6:30am - 8:30am
Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L
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.
Kim is an autistic occupational therapist, international speaker, consultant, author, and self-advocate. Diagnosed with autism as an adult, Kim broke through many barriers as she defied a healthcare system that said, “your autism is severe; you need to live in a nursing home.” Her difficult healthcare experiences forged a passion for educating others on autism with the hope of giving insight into the inner world of autism. Using personal and professional experiences Kim educates on many facets of autism across the lifespan including eating disorders, trauma, mental health, relationships, self-awareness, classroom inclusion, community integration, problem-solving through challenging behaviors, and much more!
Disclosure and Sponsorship
AGOSCI has proudly partnered with Kelly and Kim to present this information to our Australian Audience. AGOSCI acknowledges that Kelly is the author of a variety of products and resources related to interoception.
AGOSCI is an independent body and does not endorse individual products or brands.