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Interoceptive Considerations for the Classroom


Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

Interoception allows individuals to experience feelings of hunger, pain, illness, the need to use the restroom, and emotions such as sadness, anxiety, fear, etc. When the interoceptive system is compromised, students may not be able to regulate their emotions and express their needs appropriately. Providing students with language and communication strategies, calming or alerting activities, mindfulness activities and social emotional learning activities may support interoceptive functioning in the classroom.

To learn more about the Interceptive System, visit resources in the OCALI lending library, such as Kelly Mahler’s book Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System.