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When we’re young, we learn about the five senses: taste, touch, hear, see, and smell. Maybe you later learn about proprioception and equilibrioception, the sense of where your body is, and the sense of balance, respectively. Modern neurology has developed a much more complicated understanding of our many senses and how they interact to form new or more detailed perceptions. This contemporary understanding has led to interoception, which is my personal passion and professional tool.

I have seen children and adults alike struggle with self-regulation skills, such as toileting, sleep hygiene, emotional regulation, time management, and more. We all have our own individual difficulties with these from time to time, but I have noticed a commonality between my clients who have struggled most with these life skills: struggles with their inner sense of interoception.