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Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
Interoception is a vital component to the emotional experience!
Many people take it for granted, but one of the most important skills we have is being able to understand signals from our body. How you know if you’re hungry, thirsty, tired, etc. are key abilities to live a healthy life. These are also skills that those with autism spectrum disorder tend to lack. Kelly Mahler’s newest book, Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System, gives professionals and parents a new way to teach these skills to individuals with ASD. She describes the clear link between interoception and many important skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, problem-solving, intuition, and many more.
When Kelly first mentioned the concept of interoception, a light bulb went off. This was a missing piece that people should have been discussing in the field of ASD…. Many individuals with ASD ... cannot label how something feels internally. The research that has gone into this book is superb, and it must be read by any professional, parent, or service provider who seeks to provide better services for an individual with ASD.
--Kerry Mataya, author of Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The connection between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and interoception is essential to understanding and supporting learners on the spectrum. This innovative, groundbreaking book presents new information that will help family members, individuals on the spectrum, and those who support them understand the important rol of interoception in ASD. Mahler provides research and practical strategies that can be easily implemented across the lifespan to help individuals manage their bodies, emotions, and self-regulation.
--Brenda Myles, PhD, consultant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Ziggurat Group
Kelly Mahler has managed to clearly explain a range of research on interoception and how this links to the experience, awareness, and expression of emotions for those on the autism spectrum. The practical assessments and strategies provided are easy to understand will be applicable both at home and in schools/preschools. This book explores the link between interoception, sensory difficulties, and self-regulation and the autism spectrum. Example from autistic children and young people enable the reader to understand this complex concept and see the benefit of applying the strategies described to increase interoceptive awareness in any person that struggles in this area. As an autism consultant and adviser, I can see how useful this book could be within homes and schools and look forward to a growing understanding of the role of interoception in autistic achievement.
--Dr. Emma Goodall, PhD, MA, BEd Hons, Dip Mont
MEET THE AUTHOR
Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist in the Central Pennsylvania region. She specializes in the development of self-regulation and social cognition skills. Additionally, Kelly is co-founder of Destination Friendship which is an organization providing fun, community-based opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in children, adolescents, and teenagers with ASD. Kelly is the author of Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding, High-Functioning Autism and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World, Destination Friendship Developing Social Skills for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges, and Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System. She has presented at numerous national, state and local conferences. Kelly resides with her family in York, PA.
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