On-Demand Course: Interoception Through the Lens of an Autistic Adult
Very frequently, in an effort to promote self-regulation, autistic learners are subject to approaches that do not account for their inner interoceptive experience. For example, they are generically taught to use coping skills, but never taught to understand the messages coming from their body indicating when to use a certain regulation strategy. In this live online course, we explore interoception through the lens of an autistic adult, Chloe Rothschild. Chloe will share all about her life-changing interoception journey, including the ups and the downs. Several concrete, evidence-based interoception strategies will be shared.
What You Will Get:
- 2-hours instruction with Kelly + Chloe
- 6-months unlimited access
- Access to 3 exclusive downloadable resources
- Personalized certificate of completion
What you’ll learn:
- All about interoception from the perspective of an autistic adult that has lived experience (Chloe)
- The gains that Chloe has experienced as a result of her interoception journey
- How Chloe’s inner experience shaped her outward ‘behavior’ and how her outward ‘behaviors’ were significantly misunderstood by many people in the past
- How being subjected to a compliance-based approach forced Chloe to ignore her bodily needs in order to comply with the demands forced upon her from others.
- The practical, evidence-based strategies that Chloe used to enhance the understanding of her own inner experience.
- How others helped Chloe to understand her own inner experience and what she found most helpful (and what she found unhelpful too)
- How Chloe embedded interoception language into her communication device (ipad)
- Why cognitive based strategies and coping skill education is a mismatch for learners that experience interoception confusion (and what to do instead)
- Why it is vital to provide supports that help learners explore their own inner experiences in a way that is validating and strength-based
- A brief overview of what current research tells us about the interoception experience of autistic learners and the pros/cons of this research
- Information shared will be applicable to learners of a variety of ages, backgrounds & learning styles
Very frequently, in an effort to promote self-regulation, autistic learners are subject to approaches that do not account for their inner interoceptive experience. For example, they are generically taught to use coping skills, but never taught to understand the messages coming from their body indicating when to use a certain regulation strategy. Or they are forced to comply with demands/norms that completely disregard what their body is telling them they need to feel safe, regulated and ultimately participate in the world. Nurturing self-regulation is a great idea, but shouldn’t we do so in a way that honors and validates each person’s unique interoceptive experience?
Research indicates that in order to successfully self-regulate, one needs to understand their own inner experience first. In other words, interoception is the foundation of our ability to successfully self-regulate hunger, thirst, toileting needs, pain, body temperature, anxiety, sensory overwhelm and so forth. Despite the importance of interoception, it is rarely emphasized in the supports provided.
In this live online course, we explore the interoception through the lens of an autistic adult, Chloe Rothschild. Chloe will share all about her life-changing interoception journey, including the ups and the downs (and how she overcame some of the challenges) Several concrete, evidence-based interoception strategies will be shared. If you are ready to enhance your ability to better support the needs of the learners you serve, register today. We look forward to seeing you in the course!
Who this course is for:
- You are serving learners that have difficulty understanding their own body signals and emotions
- You want to learn about interoception directly from an autistic person with lived experience
- You are an Occupational Therapy Practitioner, Educator, Mental Health Provider, Speech and Language Pathologist, Adult service provider, Behaviorist, or Caregiver who wants to help learners be better supported.
- You know there is a better way at providing regulation supports, but you aren’t sure where to start or you need more ideas.
- You want to remain on the cutting edge of practice and follow what the research states as the best evidence-based approach for supporting autistic learners.
- You want to feel empowered with information you can use to create buy-in for a different approach to supporting regulation success.
Pedro S. Chloe and Kelly are such fun presenters. I’m a psychologist and support a lot of autistic clients. Learning about Chloe’s interoception experience was really helpful and re-emphasized why interoception needs to be a top consideration for many of my clients. This course gave me lots of practical ideas that I can start using right away. Thanks Chloe and Kelly.
So, who are we?:
More about Kelly: I earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA and have been an occupational therapist for 18 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 Interoception Curriculum: A Step-by-Step Framework for Developing Mindful Self-Regulation-used in over 30 countries world wide
- Interoception Activity Cards