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    The Impact of Interoception in the PSHE Classroom

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    9th February 2023  4PM - 5PM

    Hosted by WayMakers

    The Impact of Interoception in the PSHE Classroom

    Click here to register

    9th February 2023  4PM - 5PM

    Hosted by WayMakers

    We will discuss

    Current global state of mental health in Education

    What our interoceptive system does

    Structured advice on how to help yourself

    How our interoceptive processing informs our emotional state

    The role of interoceptive awareness in emotional regulation and decision making

    School-related transitions

    Interoception in PSHE: considerations for activities and discussions

    Online webinar with Alex Kelly, the Founder and Director of WayMakers

    Why ‘Feeling’ Matters so much to ‘Thinking’ and ‘Doing’

    ‘Feelings’. Are we talking emotions, or physical sensations?  Both! We don’t have one without the other, and since autistic people, as well as ADHDers, typically experience significant differences in their sensory processing, understanding interoception – the “8th sensory system” – is key to helping learners tune into their emotions and emotional responses.

    Reluctance to express feelings might not be due to a pupil’s lack of confidence. And a ‘dramatic’ response might not be a reflection of extreme views.

    So often, we’re taught to respond to ideas and situations in ways that are seen as “appropriate”, “safe”, “acceptable”, and sitting within the comfy parameters of what’s considered ‘normal’. But when are we taught to tune into our internal states and name them on a very conscious level? Often we’re not: it is simply assumed that we build and collect knowledge of our ‘feelings’ as we move through childhood. Little do we know how critical our internal sensory processing is for informing our emotional state.

    Autistic learners, in particular, often process and respond to sensory data very differently and this has a significant impact on their interoceptive awareness and emotional regulation. So, to support them to grow into healthy adults, it’s important to understand the role of interoception.

    By reaching our autistic learners effectively, they can reach their own interoceptive awareness better and this, in turn, will enable them to explore their emotions, opinions and decisions with greater clarity and confidence. These are the building blocks of really effective learning in PSHE and beyond.

    We will discuss

    Current global state of mental health in Education

    What our interoceptive system does

    Structured advice on how to help yourself

    How our interoceptive processing informs our emotional state

    The role of interoceptive awareness in emotional regulation and decision making

    School-related transitions

    Interoception in PSHE: considerations for activities and discussions