Interoception, The Eighth Sense: A Practical Evidence Based Approach to Developing Self-Regulation, Behavior, Language, and Social Participation´╗┐
Presenter: Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L
  • Description: During this training, participants will gain an in-depth understanding about interoception including the impact this sense has on the development of social-emotional skills and positive behavior. Additionally, participants will learn evidence-based strategies for improving interoception, including coverage of The Interoception Curriculum, a step-by-step framework for improving interoceptive awareness.

  • Date: March 4, 2020

  • Time: Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. The training is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • Location: ESC of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, Ohio

  • Lunch: Lunch will be provided.

  • Contact Hours: Six (6) contact hours are available for this training.

  • Cost:  $125 for ESC of Lake Erie West member districts. $155 for nonmember districts. Fee includes lunch and instructional materials. Please send check payable to ESC of Lake Erie West to ESC of Lake Erie West, Attn: Elaine Robinson, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620. Please indicate on the check the name of the person registered for the training.


Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L, earned an MS in Occupational Therapy as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is currently a doctoral student at Misericordia University. Kelly has been an occupational therapist for 17 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. She is actively involved in several research projects pertaining to Interoception. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the seven books she has authored.
Interoception enables us to experience essential feelings such as hunger, fullness, thirst, itch, pain, body temperature, nausea, need for the bathroom, tickle, physical exertion and sexual arousal. Additionally, interoception allows us to feel our emotions. As with other sensory systems, the interoceptive system can be impacted in individuals with conditions such as autism, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD and eating disorders. Interoception is a hot topic in research fields; however, up until this point, little has been discussed about interoception in the practical treatment of these conditions.