Interoception: The ability to feel what's happening inside our bodies
WHAT IS INTEROCEPTION?
Interoception is the 8th sense that tells us what our bodies are feeling on the inside. This sense helps us to know what we are feeling so that we can take the appropriate actions to respond to these feelings.
These can include:
- Feeling sick
- Needing to use the toilet
Children can either be over-receptive or under responsive to the information from inside their bodies. This will often be demonstrated by feeling frustrated, meltdowns/outbursts, low/high pain threshold, failure to make it to the toilet in time and many others. It can also affect social skills, self-awareness, flexibility of mind and problem solving.
HOW AN OT CAN HELP?
Adding visual aid, wearables and other equipment to their daily activities to assist them to be aware of how their body should be feeling and why it is feeling that way.
Yoga and Heavy Work Activities
Yoga and heavy work activities help us to become aware of our body while giving us the proprioceptive input that we need.
Educating kids about their sensory experiences and matching them up with body parts, emotions and body signs to raise awareness of what their body is feeling and why it may be feeling that way.
Children who have sensory issues may have an aversion to anything that triggers their senses, such as light, sound, touch, taste, or smell. Common symptoms of sensory processing issues may include hyperactivity or frequently putting things in their mouth.
Knowing your child's triggers can help you find ways to help your child cope.
There is a broad selection of sensory tools (also known as sensory toys) available that can help to support both sensory seekers and sensory avoiders. These can include fidget toys, oral support products, weighted items, visual and audio sensory products and much more. To view a full range of products available, visit Sensory Store.