Click here to join “Outside of the Box”, a live virtual program happening at 11am.

If you’re having difficulties, please refer to Zoom’s support information. Westbank Library is unable to provide tech assistance during the program. Please contact questions@westbanklibrary.com if you would like to schedule tech help or if you would like additional information regarding this library program.

 

 


Interoception, Our 8th Sense: Understanding Internal Body Signals to Find Our ‘Just Right’

Interoception is another one of our sensory systems and contributes to overall sensory processing.  It is our 8th sense and allows us to notice internal body signals like a growling stomach, racing heart, tense muscles, or full bladder. It can best be described as the process of noticing our body signals and our brain then using them as clues to interpret our emotions and sensations. Being interoceptively aware is having the ability to recognize the differences between feeling hungry, full, or thirsty, as well as knowing when we need to use the bathroom or go to sleep. These are all tools that assist us in regulating our body state and emotional state.

Programs that deal with interoceptive awareness work to allow us to learn various strategies in understanding our body signals better, so that everyone can manage feelings in any environment and use the information functionally for our activities of daily living. The goal of interoception programs is to understand that everyone’s goal is to figure out what their “just right” feels like. This is unique to the individual, so it is very important to be aware of that when operating in a world where everyone is trying to figure out the same thing. The good news is that with the proper amount of work on regulation, interoception can be improved!

Bring your questions and join Kathy Nicholson, an occupational therapist with From the Heart Therapy Services, certified in Sensory Integration assessment and therapy with more than 40 years of experience in pediatrics, both in clinic treatment and school-based consultation, as we explore the reasons behind struggles with self-regulation and how you can help your child.

 


 

Whether your child has been diagnosed with special needs or has particular challenges yet to be identified; whether they are spirited, struggle with reading or writing, or have sensory issues; whether they have learning, emotional, or behavioral differences, or fall into the quirky kid category, we’ll explore the means to help you help your child here in the Westlake area with monthly guest speakers and parent discussions. This series is targeted toward parents of children throughout Eanes ISD, whether in public, private, or home schooling, and is open to everyone.

Some past presentations are available on the Westbank Library YouTube Channel.

Questions?  Please contact Laura’s Library at programs@westbanklibrary.com

Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.