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Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L

CEUs: 6 contact hours (.6 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



Recording 1 (1.5 hours)

  • What is Interoception?

  • The Vast Influence of Interoception: Impact on Self-Regulation, Emotional Well-Being and Social Connections

Recording 2 (1.5 hours)

  • Assessment of Interoception

  • Adaptations for Reduced IA

Recording 3 (1.5 hours)

  • Evidence-Based Strategies for Building Interoception

Recording 4 (1.5 hours)

  • Even More Evidence-Based Strategies for Building Interoception

Course Requirements

The course must be completed in its entirety, including a score of 80% on the post-course quiz. After 100% completion, a course completion certificate will be available to print or download.

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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