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Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
Practical Solutions for Improving Self-Regulation, Self-Awareness and Social Understanding

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.


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.

ISBN: 9781942197140

Reviews (8)

March 16 2017
Five Stars By SpedTeacher on January 5, 2017 Amazon |Verified Purchase Fantastic for Special Education use
March 16 2017
The 8th Sense By DeeAnn Lett-Neal on October 18, 2016 Amazon Verified Purchase Mahler has nailed what is missing from Sensory Therapy for people with Autism.
March 16 2017
This book is a GAME CHANGER for the field of autism. By Autism Consultant on Amazon December 18, 2015 Wow! This book has completely changed the way I think about and address the needs of my clients with Autism. Interoception helps us to feel hunger, thirst, pain, the need for the bathroom, sexual arousal and so on. I think back to so many clients that struggled with one or more of these areas. Clients that were injured and did not feel pain. Clients that had a hard time learning to use the bathroom independently. Clients that would go for days without eating if someone was not there to remind them to eat. Learning about interoception has shed light on so many of these areas. I think what impacted me the most about this book is the connection the author made between interoception and emotions. We know what emotion it is that we are experiencing at any given time based on our interoceptive sensations. For example, when we feel our heart race, stomach flutter and muscles shake, we know that we are nervous. Without clear information from your interoceptive system, imagine how difficult it would be to clearly identify your emotions!! And think about controlling emotions that are not clear---would that be easy? I think not. The author mentions that a person has to know what emotion they are feeling in order to control it. So true! Many common interventions and curriculums in the autism field are aimed at controlling emotions, but NONE of them take into account that a person with autism may be missing the clear interoceptive information helping them to pinpoint emotions with clarity. This book addressees a crucial piece that is missing from out attempt to teach emotional regulation skills to individuals with autism. The strategies provided in this book have allowed my clients to be more aware of their interoceptive sensations and have in turn helped them identify their emotions, especially subtle emotions, with greater clarity. And of course they are more successful in managing their emotions now! This book is a GAME CHANGER for the field of autism.
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