On-Demand Course: Interoception, Concussion & Brain Injury

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Registration Fee: $129

This live course includes:

  • 2-hour instruction with Meghan & Kelly (approximately 90 minutes of content + 30 minutes of Q&A)
  • 6-month unlimited access to the recorded version
  • • Exclusive access to lots of adapted materials from The Interoception Curriculum–all adapted for serving this client group:
    • 71 page workbook filled with Descriptor Menus, Focus Area Experiments and more
    • 17 Pages of Feel-Good Menus all Divided by Type (e.g., Vagus Nerve Activities; Deep Touch Pressure Activities, Vision Activities, Creative Activities, etc)
    • Blank Template for Developing a Personalized Feel Good Menu and Feel Good Routines
  • • Exclusive access to additional interoception materials including:
    • 15 Guided Body Part Meditations for Sensation Noticing (mp3)
    • 10 Body Part Coloring Pages to Guide Meditation and Sensation Noticing
    • An additional Feel-Good Menu Category of Vagus Nerve Activities—lots of ideas for your clients to explore and connect to interoceptive sensations
    • 30 Inspirational Quotes Paired with Reminders to Notice Sensation in a Specific Body Part
  • Personalized certificate of completion

Course Description:

Emerging science and reports of lived experience suggest that interoception, or the sense of how the body feels, can be impacted from concussion or other brain injury. In addition to the obvious neurological impact of a concussion/TBI on the interoceptive sense, the psychological trauma that can often accompany a brain injury can affect a client’s ability to feel safe in noticing and trusting interoceptive sensations. The resulting interoception differences can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to heal and function in daily life. This course will provide an overview of the connection between concussion/TBI and interoception with a strong focus on practical interoception-based strategies that can be used with this client population. BONUS: this course comes with an extensive library of exclusive interoception materials that can be downloaded and used immediately with clients. This includes a 71 page workbook;  17 pages of Feel-Good Menus; 15 Guided Body Part Meditations (mp3); 10 Body Part Coloring Pages to Guide Sensation Noticing; A Feel-Good Menu filled with Vagus Nerve Activities; 30 Inspirational Quotes Paired with Reminders to Notice Sensation in a Specific Body part.

What you’ll learn:

  • Why interoception needs to be a primary consideration for clients with concussion/TBI (yet is one of the most overlooked aspects of a person’s healing program).
  • What is a concussion/TBI and more specifically how it impacts interoception
  • What is interoception and what interoception differences might occur as a result of a concussion/TBI (including how these interoception differences can impact daily function and the healing process)
  • What science tells us about the intersection of interoception & concussion/TBI
  • How traditional concussion/TBI treatment programs expect the client to rely on interoception, such as stopping an activity if body discomfort is noticed, yet do not consider the person’s current interoception capacity.
  • Strategies from The Interoception Curriculum and how to adapt these strategies to specifically meet the needs of this population. This course includes access to a comprehensive set of adapted materials prepared and ready to print and use immediately.
  • The science behind the vagus nerve (a primary conduit of interoception information) and specific, practical vagus nerve activities for symptom reduction
  • Overview of a study that investigated the effectiveness of a modified version of The Interoception Curriculum with individuals who sustained concussions/TBIs

Who this course is for:

  • You are serving clients of any age that experienced a concussion/TBI
  • You are an Occupational Therapy Practitioner, Optometrist, Vision Therapist/Specialist, Opthomologist, Physical Therapist, Physician, Speech and Language Pathologist, Mental Health Provider, Educator or Caregiver who wants to help clients with concussion/TBI be better understood and supported
  • You want to remain on the cutting edge of practice and serve in ways that are in line with the most current science and lived experience
  • You want to feel empowered with information you can use to create buy-in for a modern, affirming approach to supporting concussion/TBI
  • You are a person that experienced a concussion/TBI who wants to understand the most current and affirming supports available in the field

So, who are we?:

We are Meghan Chemidlin and Kelly Mahler and first met almost a decade ago at Elizabethtown College where Meghan was a bright and shining OT graduate student in a class that Kelly was teaching. Fast forward to present day, and Meghan and Kelly are OT colleagues that share a mutual passion for interoception and the power that incorporating interoception science can have for the clients we serve. They have had the opportunity to speak together on interoception and the concussion population and are in the process of publishing their work, Impact of an Interoception-Based Intervention on Self-Regulation in Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Pilot Study (forthcoming).

Megan Headshot To ComeMore about Meghan: Meghan earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Functional Vision Rehabilitation Specialist and Autism Spectrum Certified Clinical Specialist. She helps kids, teens, and adults with neurological conditions think, move and perform everyday tasks better even if they feel like they plateaued or never got identified. Meghan primarily works with individuals who have sustained concussions, though also works with kids, teens and adults diagnosed with ADHD, Autism and other neurological conditions. She takes a holistic approach to treatment, aimed at treating each person as a unique individual, helping them reach their greatest potential. Self-regulation is rarely an area addressed by professionals when treating an individual with a concussion but Meghan is currently the only person in the world incorporating interoception interventions for the concussion population. Her doctoral research is currently in the process of being published which examined the effectiveness of her adapted version of The Interoception Curriculum with individuals who sustained concussions. This study yielded positive results in the areas of self-regulation and executive functioning skills. She is being sought out by professionals, clinics and conferences around the world.

Kelly MahlerMore about Kelly Mahler: I earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA and have been an occupational therapist for 20 years, serving school-aged children and adults. I’m winner of multiple awards including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. I am an international speaker and enjoy presenting on topics related to the twelve resources I’ve authored including:

The Official Stuff:

  • Course Level: There are no prerequisites for this course
  • AOTA Areas: Foundational Knowledge, OT Service Delivery
  • CE Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    1. Identify the pathophysiology of concussion and brain injury.
    2. Understand how brain injury and concussion can negatively impair interoceptive abilities, hindering occupational perfromance and recovery from injury.
    3. Identify interoceptive strategies that might be utilized with a client with concussion and brain injury to support use of interoceptive abilities during the recovery process.
    4. Describe the physiological relationship of the vagus nerve to interoceptive abilities and apply this information to treatment planning.
  • Contact Hours: This course is worth 2.0 contact hours or 0.20 AOTA CEUs.
  • Completion Requirements: To receive credit and certificate for this course you must listen to the course in its entirety, pass the accompanying assessment with an 80% or higher and complete a course evaluation. With the exception of AOTA-approved CEUs, this course is not approved or affiliated with any governing bodies that award continuing education credits, so continuing education credits are not guaranteed.
  • ADA/Section 504:If you require special accommodations, please contact us at [email protected]
  • Kelly Mahler is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Contact us at [email protected].

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