Providing Interoception-Based Supports in Various School Settings

$59.00 USD

Description

Registration Fee: $59

This live course includes:

  • 2-hours live instruction with Kelly Mahler OTD and Anna Vander Haeghe BScOT (approximately 90 minutes of content + 30 minutes of Q&A)
  • 2-weeks unlimited access to the recorded version
  • Access to 3 exclusive downloadable resources
  • Personalized certificate of completion

When:

  • March 23, 2022 @ 10:00-12:00 EDT
  • Can’t make it? No problem! 2-weeks of unlimited access to the course recording is available to all that register

What you’ll learn:

  • What the most current literature says about the importance of the interoceptive experience on school participation
  • Why interoception is a vital, yet missing piece of Social Emotional Learning curricula (if we want SEL initiatives to be successful, interoception must be a part of it!)
  • How interoceptive awareness provides the neurological foundation for self-regulation and how IA is derailed by a compliance-based school model
  • How a shift from compliance-based school model to an interoception-based school model can improve learning in students (and make the jobs of educators easier in the long run)
  • Common signs that a student might be experiencing interoception extremes (body signals that are too big or too small)
  • How to create buy-in for an interoception-informed approach to supporting students and schools you serve
  • Brief overview of The Interoception Curriculum
  • How to use (and adapt) The Interoception Curriculum when supporting students in the educational setting:
    • General Education classrooms: Delivery of The Interoception Curriculum class wide. Preschool to Middle school.
    • Small groups: Targeted delivery of The Interoception Curriculum in groups 4-6 in size. Preschool to High school.
    • Special Education classrooms: Modifications of The Interoception Curriculum to meet the unique learning styles of many students , embedding the supports in classroom routines from Preschool to Highschool.
    • One on one: Modifications for students that benefit from individual delivery of The Interoception Curriculum.
  • Tips for embedding other interoception-based supports in existing school curricula (e.g., interoception-based journal prompts; daily interoception activity included the morning announcements; 30 second interoception transition activities, etc.)
  • Please note: this course assumes that each attendee has some prior knowledge of interoception and ideally (but not necessary) The Interoception Curriculum.

Course Description:

Interoception provides the neurobiological foundation of self-understanding, self-regulation, self-care, and mental health thus supporting interoception growth is important to the well-being of all students & staff.  Despite this science, interoception-based approaches are not widely used in the school setting. Ironically, many times schools rely on social emotional learning approaches that are not in line with the most current research or even worse they use outdated compliance models that damage the interoceptive experience. Surprisingly, it is often the students who are struggling the most in understanding their body sensations that are having the most difficulty managing at school.  They may be overwhelmed, be unpredictable in their behavior, exhibit difficulties attending and retaining information or struggle to be able to communicate their needs in effective ways.  Helping all children gain stronger interoceptive awareness has a positive effect on self-regulation, mental health and self-advocacy.  This in turns sets them up to be successful students! This course will provide attendees with a brief overview of what the most current literature says about on the interoceptive system including how interoception underlies self-understanding, self-regulation, mental health and ultimately successful school participation.  It will discuss how interoception-based supports are critical to building early body mindfulness in our young students and how we can use these skills to improve their educational experience. During this course, registrants will be shown different ways that we can use structured interoception-based supports in any type of educational setting by being curious, listening to our students and using The Interoception Curriculum to nurture their inner self-understanding.  Specific examples will be presented on the following:

    • General Education classrooms: Delivery of The Interoception Curriculum class wide. Preschool to Middle school.
    • Small groups: Targeted delivery of The Interoception Curriculum in groups 4-6 in size. Preschool to High school.
    • Special Education classrooms: Modifications of The Interoception Curriculum to meet the unique learning styles of many students, embedding the supports in classroom routines from Preschool to Highschool.
    • One on one: Modifications for students that benefit from individual delivery of The Interoception Curriculum.

If you are ready to consider how to creatively add interoception based supports into your classroom or with your students register today. We look forward to seeing you in the course!

Who this course is for:

  • You are serving students of any age within a school setting
  • You are an Occupational Therapy Practitioner, Educator, Mental Health Provider, Speech and Language Pathologist, Behaviorist, or Caregiver who wants to help students be better understood and supported.
  • You are interested in learning more about interoception, especially as it relates to school-based supports.
  • You are seeking a ‘better way’ to support students that may be struggling with mental health, self-regulation and overall school participation
  • You want to remain on the cutting edge of practice and follow what the research states as the best evidence-based approach for supporting your students.
  • You want to feel empowered with information you can use to create buy-in for a stronger interoception-informed approach to supporting students and schools you serve.

So, who are we?:

Although we only met 4 years ago it feels like we have known & worked together for years. From the first time we met at a conference in Edmonton (Canada) we realized that we shared a lot of similar passions including how to best support the regulation needs of students in a variety of school settings. Over the years we’ve shared lots of conversations and ideas, and celebrated our professional wins and yes, even our failures. And we are so excited to share with you all that we’ve learned about implementing interoception-based supports in the schools.  

Anna Vander HaegheMore about Anna Vander Haeghe: Curious, passionate and focused, I have loved my journey of diving into interoception and how that relates to our experiences as humans.  Weaving interoception-based practice into my work as an Occupational Therapist in Alberta, Canada has been life-changing for my students and co-workers.  I have been an OT for 23 years working in a small rural community serving the entire live span.  10 years ago I shifted to focus supporting children from preschool to high school.  I have mentored therapists around the world in ways to modify interoception work for our diverse students and look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

 

Kelly MahlerMore about Kelly Mahler: I am a fiery and passionate person that loves to crunch pinecones, cuddle with my 2 Corgi puppies and cook (sometimes poorly) with my family. I earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA and have been an occupational therapist for 19 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.