Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
Many people take it for granted, but one of the most important skills we have is being able to understand signals from our body. How you know if you’re hungry, thirsty, tired, etc. are key abilities to live a healthy life. These are also skills that those with autism spectrum disorder tend to lack. Kelly Mahler’s newest book, Interoception: The Eigth Sensory System, gives professionals and parents a new way to teach these skills to individuals with ASD. She describes the clear link between interoception and many important skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, problem solving, intuition, and many more.
“When Kelly first mentioned the concept of interoception, a light bulb went off. This was a missing piece that people should have been discussing in the field of ASD…. Many individuals with ASD … cannot label how something feels internally. The research that has gone into this book is superb, and it must be read by any professional, parent, or service provider who seeks to provide better services for an individual with ASD.” --Kerry Mataya, author of Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Practical Solutions for Improving Self-Regulation, Self-Awareness and Social Understanding
MEET THE AUTHOR
Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist in the Central Pennsylvania region. She specializes in the development of self-regulation and social cognition skills. Additionally, Kelly is co-founder of Destination Friendship which is an organization providing fun, community-based opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in children, adolescents, and teenagers with ASD. Kelly is the author of Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: A Fun Curriculum with a Focus on Social Understanding, High-Functioning Autism and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World, Destination Friendship Developing Social Skills for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges, and Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System. She has presented at numerous national, state and local conferences. Kelly resides with her family in York, PA.