Upcoming events

    • 07 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM

    Session Description for 2/7 from 10AM - 12PM

    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 students and can result in difficulty understanding and regulating how they feel. Many times, our cognitive-based supports fall short with these students because they are missing the important body-based interoception foundation.

    This course will provide an overview of what the latest research tells us about interoception as well as first-hand accounts from many of Kelly’s clients and friends. 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 student’s learning and processing needs. 



    Participants will be able to:

    1. Define, Interoception the 8th Sense
    2. Explain the connection between interoception and understanding & regulating how you feel
    3. Differentiate between body based experiencing and cognitive based supports
    4. Identify at least 2 strategies that they can use to support the interoception growth in students of all ages
    5. Identify at least 1 way that each strategy can be adapted to meet a student’s learning and processing needs

    Free for Members.

    $10 for Nonmembers.

    Sponsored and hosted by the AASP Western Region.

    For questions please contact Jennifer.Elliott@aasp-az.org

    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.
        • 25 Feb 2023
        • 9:00 AM
        • Double Butte Trail Papago West Park 626 N. Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ 85008

        Central Region is hosting the 2nd Annual Hikes with Psychs at 9:00 AM on Saturday February 25th at:

        Double Butte Trail

        Papago West Park

        626 N. Galvin Pkwy.

        Phoenix, AZ 85008

        Family and Friends are welcome.

        Contact Kirsten Marcks with questions: kmmarcks@aasp-az.org

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