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Neurodivergent people, including autistics, ADHDers, or people with anxiety, often report interoceptive differences. For example, they may have difficulty noticing body signals resulting in missing clues that inform their emotional or physical experience. Or they may notice body signals but are not sure exactly what the body signals mean uniquely for them, resulting again in unreliable information regarding their emotions or physical health needs. Alternatively, many neurodivergents are often clear on their inner experience but have it misunderstood and/or mislabeled by often well-intentioned people. This can lead to inner confusion and doubt—if everyone around you misinterprets your experience, you might begin to doubt yourself and your interoceptive signals.

Because we all have very different inner bodily sensations, providing a process that allows for discovery and validation of each person’s unique experience becomes important. Therefore, interoceptive activities can be very helpful to many neurodivergent people, specifically when offered in a way that emphasizes individuality.