PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS to Everyday Challenges in Autism 2017 Workshop

Fall Workshop

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
Presenter: Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L

Workshop description below, but check out the video at to see what Interoception is all about.

Our Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges in Autism workshops are designed to teach you strategies to cope with some of the difficult issues faced by people of any age with autism. We provide an opportunity for people in northwest Ohio to see nationally known, published authors, researchers, and experts in the autism field.

You will need to print off the registration form, fill it out, and send it in with your payment. The flyer is NOT interactive. You may also pay online. See below.

We keep the costs low: see below for each session. (NOTE: There will be an additional $5 charge at the door if you have not pre-paid.) Pre-payment and pre-registration is highly encouraged.

CEUs are pending for Ohio social workers, counselors, clinical psychologists for selected sessions thanks to a partnership with Harbor. Likewise, DD staff credits are pending. Everyone will get a certificate of attendance which speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists can turn into their state board for credit. Teachers can put these workshops in their professional development plan.

LCBDD logoThese workshops are partially funded by a grant from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Workshop: Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
Presenter: Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L

Workshop description: You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it! Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to ‘feel’ body signals like full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these body signals enables us to accurately identify and control how we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom?
Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have an underlying disconnect with their interoceptive system. In fact, brain research has revealed the brain’s ‘Interoceptive Center’ as an area that is consistently impacted in people with ASD, making interoception a crucial consideration when addressing a variety of skills. Not only can difficulties with interoception cause significant challenges when managing emotions and regulating body functions (such as hunger, thirst and pain), it has far reaching effects to skills such as self-awareness and social participation.
This presentation will provide parents, teachers, therapists, and individuals with ASD a firm understanding of interoception including an overview of what research tells us about interoception, and how to apply this research when developing programming for individuals with ASD. Discussion will focus on the link between interoception and many important skill areas including health and wellness, emotional regulation, and social participation. The speaker will share several practical, evidence-based strategies for assessing and improving interoception.

About the Presenter: Kelly Mahler MS, OTR/L, earned a MS in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Post-Professional Pediatric Certificate from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She is an occupational therapist and autism consultant who supports school-aged individuals and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Mahler is also co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization dedicated to providing multidisciplinary social skill groups within the community. She has presented numerous seminars and workshops at the international and national levels.  Mahler has authored many books and instructional materials including Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System; The Comprehensive Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness; Sensory Issues and High Functioning Autism (with Myles and Robbins) – winner of National Parenting Publications Bronze Medal; Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges (with Benton, Hollis, and Womer); Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders – winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal.

Registration Options:

Print off the registration form, fill it out, and send it in with your payment.

You may pay online below. Please also fax or email registration form.

Parent; Family member; Individual w/ASD; Student – $10.00 each



Professional – $15.00 each


Call the office at 419-578-2766 to pay with credit or debit card.