Interoception: The Eighth Sense and Autism


#FK-1  Interoception: The Eighth Sense and Autism

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 we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Many autistic individuals can have difficulty with interoception, causing significant challenges in identifying and managing the way
they feel. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of what
research tells us about interoception and how to apply this research when developing effective programming and school-based supports. Many evidence-based strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define interoception, our 8th sense
  2. Describe at least 1 method for assessing interoception
  3. Describe at least 2 strategies for building interoception
  4. Explain the connection between interoception and independent self-regulation skills


This session is approved for .15 ASHA and 1.5 APA CEs.This presentation will provide professionals with an overview of what research says about interoception and how to apply the research when developing effective assessments and programming using evidence-based strategies for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

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