Kelly Mahler

Kelly Mahler

MS, OTR/L

Kelly Mahler MS, ORTL, earned a MS in Occupational Therapy, from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is an occupational therapist and autism consultant, supporting school-aged children and young adults.  Kelly is also co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization dedicated to providing multidisciplinary social skill groups within the community.  Kelly is professor of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown Collete, Elizabethtown, PA.  She is actively involved in several research projects pertaining to interoception.  Kelly is an international speak and presents frequently on topic related to the five books she has authored

  • Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
  • The Comprehensive Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness
  • Sensory Issues and High Functioning Autism (with Myles and Robbins) —winner of National Parenting Publications Bronze Medal
  • Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (with Benton, Hollis, and Womer)
  • Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents — winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal.

Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical Strategies for Improving Self-Regulation and Emotional Well-Being

#B1-5  Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical     Strategies for Improving Self-Regulation and Emotional Well-Being You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it!! Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to ‘feel’ body signals like a full bladder,growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these internal signals enables us to accurately identify […]

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Interoception,The Eighth Sense: Impact on Self-Regulation, Health and Emotional Well-Being

You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it!! Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to ‘feel’ body signals like a full bladder,growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these internal signals enables us to accurately identify and control how […]

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Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Practical Strategies for Assessing and Improving Interoception 

Interoception, our 8th sense, is emerging as a very important consideration when supporting autistic individuals. This session will provide a detailed look at methods that can be used for assessing interoception.  Additionally, several practical strategies for improving interoception will be discussed in detail.   Learning Objectives: 1. Briefly describe the current evidence regarding the improvement of interoception 2. Identify at least 1 method of assessing interoception 3. Identify at least 2 strategies for improving interoception

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