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January 2024 – March 2024
All sessions will be held from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. EST
Registration: 7:45 a.m. EST

(Space limited to 150 participants)

Registration Opens October 9, 2023

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OCALI is pleased to host the 1st Interoception: Feeling the Feels Online Training Series with Kelly Mahler. This introductory training series, with eight 1.5 hour sessions is designed for Ohio school-based teams that want to learn about Interoception, the Eighth Sensory System, and how it has a substantial effect on a student’s ability to understand body signals and internal feelings, independently self-regulate, and connect socially.

Who Should Attend?

Ohio school-based teams, including, but not limited to occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, intervention specialists, administrators, general educators, behavior specialists, guidance counselors, social workers, and mental health therapists.

Key Concepts & Takeaways

  • Generate a description of interoception that can be used with colleagues, students and/or their families.
  • Identify at least one method for assessing interoception
  • Identify at least three strategies for nurturing interoception growth
  • Identify how to adapt at least one strategy to meet the needs of students/setting they serve

Presenter: Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L
Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards, including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is a co-principal investigator in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism.

Fee is $100 per person for the 8-session series. There will be no separate registration for individual sessions.

January 11
Session 1: What is interoception and how does it influence school participation?

January 18
Session 2: Interoception, Co-Regulation & Self-Regulation

January 25
Session 3: Interoceptive Awareness (IA) and Assessment of IA (informal and formal methods)

February 8
Session 4: Priming for IA work. Trauma-informed; Regulation-Focused; Curiosity/Autonomy/Validation

February 15
Session 5: Strategies for Noticing Body Signals

February 22
Session 6: Adapting Strategies for Noticing Body Signals for a variety of students and classrooms

February 29
Session 7: Strategies for Connecting Body Signals to Emotion

March 7
Session 8: Strategies for Regulating Body Signals with Feel-Good Actions

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