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2021Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
26-27 February 2021

Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L

February 26, 2021

CEUs: 6 hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Recording access available 1 week after event, viewing available 2 weeks following the release

Optional: Live Interactive Community of Practice, 1-hour session

March 16th, 2021, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

CEUs: 1 hours (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Course Level:  Beginner
Audience: OTs, SLPs, Educators, Mental Health professionals and interested others
Course Description

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 clients including those with autism, trauma and attachment disorders, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and behavioral challenges. Interoception is emerging as a key factor in the development of regulation, emotional well-being and social connection so it is more important than ever to incorporate interoception-based knowledge in the supports that we provide.

This course will provide an overview of what the latest research tells us about interoception as well as how to apply this evidence when serving clients in a variety of settings. A systematic evidence-based approach for assessing and supporting interoception will be shared. Participants will learn how to successfully adapt the approach presented to match the needs of clients with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles and ages.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and understand interoception, our 8th sensory system

  2. Synthesize research foundations of interoception and describe the impact it has on regulation, emotional well-being and social connection

  3. Identify at least 1 method for assessing interoception

  4. Identify at least 3 evidence-based strategies for building interoception



8:30 - 9:00 am What is Interoception?

9:30 -10:00 amThe Vast Influence of Interoception: Impact on Self-Regulation, Emotional Well-Being and Social Connections


10:00 - 10:30 am Break


10:30 -11:15am Assessment of Interoception

11:15 -12:00 pm Adaptations for Reduced IA 

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm Evidence-Based Strategies for Building Interoception

2:30 - 3:00 pm Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm Even More Evidence-Based Strategies for Building Interoception


4:30 pm End

Course Requirements

For the live interactive sessions: Within one week of the course, the participant will be emailed a certificate of attendance following confirmation of attendance and completion of the self-evaluation.


For recorded session viewing: Following the passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be sent a course completion certificate.

Continuing Education

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6 Contact Hour (.6 AOTA CEUs) awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607, for Distance Learning - Interactive, Distance Learning - Independent Self-Study, and Blended/Hybrid courses that include both interactive and independent study aspects.  Course approval number: 01629. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification of other professional recognition.​ For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click here to access our CEU policy information.

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