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All you need to know about The Interoceptive Sense.

Updated: Jul 5, 2021



Here at Super Calm Sensory Products our aim is to educate parents, carers, teachers and children on neurodiversity and the impact it can have on the person caring for the child with a neurodiverse difference. We aim to increase understanding on what is happening in the body of a neurologically different person resulting in greater empathy in understanding certain behaviours. By developing sensory diets and activities aimed towards their specific sensory needs the child should reach optimum levels of arousal to allow them to be present during school and home life.

Someone who has neurologically diverse differences may react differently to others around sensory stimuli and other environmental factors. The overall goal is to promote understanding and increase empathy resulting in a more harmonious environment for all.

Understanding the eight senses and how the may present in neurologically diverse children is a key aspect in furthering your understanding of sensory processsing disorders. Children may present adverse reactions to certain stimuli and by reading our eight blogs you may be better able to identify what senses they are seeking and avoiding.


The Interoceptive Sense is another hidden sense. It is known as the internal regulation response.

Are you hungry/ thirsty/ need the bathroom?- This sense lets us know when we feel these feelings, however to those with sensory issues relating to Interoception they may not experience the neurologically typical response.

It is all about the physiological condition of your body. The nerve endings in the tissues of the digestive and respiratory systems communicate with the nervous system to signal the brain that things are “off,” registering hunger/danger/etc. and promote the ability to produce an adaptive response - like taking deep breaths, finding a bathroom, grabbing a snack.


This is why social stories are so important for children with ASD/SPD who have difficulties with this sense, they allow them to learn the 'typical' responses to such feelings and situations. There are many platforms in which social stories are available, for kids who love technology there are great youtube channels such as belikebuddy which explain these situations.


Super Calm creates a pathway to build resilience to these stimuli for neurologically diverse children. By understanding your child's sensory needs you may enable them to reach their full potential in an educational setting, increasing emotional-regulation and self soothing.


Please follow the links below in order to see our full range of blogs explaining the senses.










 

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