The eighth sensory system will be the focus of an upcoming workshop.
Kelly Mahler, an occupational therapist and autism consultant, will be in Truro to talk about interoception, the sense that enables you to feel and understand what’s taking place inside your body.
“Interoseption lets you know whether your belly is full, whether you’re warm or cold, and when you have to go to the bathroom,” said Lisa Logue, who is with the Truro Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia, the group hosting the presentation. “Your body gives you cues to help you act appropriately, but sometimes the receptors are not well defined.
“Kelly Mahler is an expert in sensory processing and she’s written books to help people address the internal mechanisms of children with autism. She has developed some curriculum to help with under responsiveness.”
The Aug. 22 workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about interoseption. Costs are $50 for family members of people on the autism spectrum, and educational assistants; pay what you can for students registered in health sciences, $100 for others, and free for registered family members for the Truro 2017 or 2018 autism walk. Professionals can attend the Aug. 22 workshop, along with a program the following day, for $300, and will receive a certificate.
“This is the first time this has been offered in the Truro area, and its world class programming
that should help a lot of people,” said Logue.
The workshop is being held at the Cobequid Education Centre Aug. 22. Registration begins at 8 p.m., with the workshop running from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.