Interoception is the ability to notice and connect bodily sensations with emotions (e.g. notice a growling stomach and connect it to hunger or notice tense fists and connect it to frustration). Research states that interoception is an important factor to the development of effective self-regulation skills and underlies our emotional well-being
Many people who experience difficulties with self-regulation have underlying interoception challenges. These interoceptive differences are very common in a variety of individuals including those with autism, trauma disorders, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression and behavioral challenges. Some clients may experience interoceptive signals that are so strong, they are immediately overwhelmed and confused. Others experience dulled or muted interoception signals, that leave them unable to respond to emotions until they reach a fever pitch.
While traditional self-regulation approaches focus on teaching clients what to do to regulate feelings of anxiety, frustration, overwhelm, etc., these approaches are often ineffective for people with impaired interoception. How can you be taught to regulate or control something you are not aware of or do not understand?
The good news is that interoceptive awareness can be improved over time, with the right instruction and supports. In The Interoception Curriculum, Kelly Mahler outlines a systematic, guided process that professionals can use to develop and build interoceptive awareness in their clients using evidenced-based principals.
Purchase of The Interoception Curriculum includes exclusive access to 635 pages of downloadable instructional materials, worksheets and visual supports. Many of these materials can be customized to meet the needs of each individual learner.
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