OT and Interoception – Coming Soon!

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OT and Interoception with Kelly Mahler

Scheduled to be released on July 25, 2024.

Interoception is having a moment. 

The popularity of the 8th sense is likely due to the fact that it gives words to sensations that we all experience, like: hunger, fatigue, heart rate, and pain.

But, even though these sensations seem universal the reality is that there are vast differences in how and to what degree we experience the components of interoception. We are beginning to be able to correlate brain-level differences with different experiences of interoception. 

And, what’s really interesting is how these differences impact emotional regulation. 

And, what’s really, really interesting is that research is showing that interoception can be improved. And, there seems to be a correlation improvement with emotional regulation….(without ever working explicitly on emotional regulation.)

In this 1 hour CEU course, we’ll look at a school based program that does just that: improves interoception and emotional regulation. 

After we review the article, we’ll welcome to the podcast Kelly Mahler, the lead author of the paper and one of the pioneers of researching the practical implication of interoception for OTs and other health professionals.

Primary Journal Article Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify assessments OTs can utilize related to interoception.
  • You will be able to recognize research-backed interoception interventions. 


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

  • What is interoception?
  • Interoception and Emotional Regulation
  • Emotional Regulation in Schools
  • Intent of the Research
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (50 minutes)

  • How did you become interested in interoception?
  • How did that interest turn into building a curriculum?
  • How have you balanced researching your work, but also commercializing it? (I’m VERY impressed by this!!)
  • What stands out to you as you re-read the article?
  • Tell me how you are thinking about interoception currently and which concepts are most important for OTs to know? 
  • How does focusing on interoception fit with a strengths based approach? 
  • I’m curious to hear the additional settings you see OTs successfully in their work (like: preschool, mental health settings, outpatient…)
  • What does it take to get a program like this off the ground in a school? 
  • What is one potent interoception activity that you think OTs working with kids could incorporate into their sessions? 
  •  Where do you hope to see interoception and OT in 5 years? 

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & more. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

If this course were to be canceled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about OT and Interoception.  The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Kelly Mahler, has a financial stake in the interoception curriculum, as she sells it through her website. She also teaches several AOTA courses around the topic. 


Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L

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. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the ten resources she has authored:

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

This course was designed to meet your continuing education requirements

We designed the courses in the Club to meet the requirements for “online” and “independent/self-study” courses. To verify the requirements from your specific state (within the US), check out our post, OT Continuing Education Requirements. If you are outside of the United States and have questions, please contact us.

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See our other OT courses!

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  • OT and Functional Neurological Disorder
  • OT and Leadership
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OT and Interoception - Coming Soon! • OT Potential

Today we'll be covering OT and Interoception. We'll look at new research and discuss it with Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L.

Course Provider: Organization

Course Provider Name: OT Potential

Course Provider URL: https://otpotential.com/

Course Mode: Online

Start Date: 2024-07-25

Duration: 01:00:00

Repeat Count: 5

Repeat Frequency: Yearly

Course Type: Subscription

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