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The Interoceptive Sensory System

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Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L


The Interoceptive Sensory System

Interoception has only recently been added as the eighth sensory system and yet a thorough understanding of this hidden sense is vital to therapists working with children with sensory modulation disorders. Information from the interoceptive system lets us know when we need to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, seek help for an illness, or take a breather to slow down our cardiovascular system. Dysfunction in this critical sensory system can lead to issues with toilet training, feeding, emotional regulation, diagnosing of illnesses, and so much more. In this 1.5-hour course, Gwen covers the basics of the interoceptive system and then provides a wealth of resources and strategies so you can help children right away.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the symptoms of over- and under-responsiveness to interoceptive input.
  2. Describe the location of interoceptive receptors and their triggers.
  3. Propose appropriate activity modifications and adaptations based on interoceptive deficits.
  4. Plan sensory-based intervention strategies based on identified issues with the interoceptive system.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to advanced-level occupational therapists and other professionals working with children with sensory processing disorders and self-regulation difficulties
  • Course Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-1107022

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved Provider #8215. This course is approved for 0.15 AOTA CEU or 1.5 contact hours under this Classification Code: Category 2, OT Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Gwen is the creator of BrainWorks sensory diet tools. Although selling the business in October 2020, she remains with Sensational Brain as the AOTA CE Administrator. She currently works as an Intensive Support Specialist for a large educational service agency. Gwen presents to audiences nationwide on topics related to sensory modulation and self-regulation. She lives in Galesburg, Michigan, with her husband and will soon have an empty nest as her three daughters venture out on their own. Learn more about Gwen’s mission and why she created BrainWorks on our About page. To view Gwen’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Gwen Wild receives compensation for her responsibilities as CE administrator for AOTA as well as speaking fees from Sensational Brain LLC. Gwen is co-author of Just Right! A Sensory Modulation Curriculum for K-5®.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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