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April 11 @ 8:00 am - April 13 @ 5:00 pm
ASW 30th Annual Conference
Preconference Options for Thursday, April 11th & Friday, April 12th
Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Influence on Self-Regulation, Health and Emotional Well-Being – Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L
Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to ‘feel’ body signals like a full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly feel these internal sig-nals enables us to accurately identify and manage how we feel: Do we feel Anxious? Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Need the bathroom? Many autistic individuals can have differences in interoception, causing signifi-cant challenges in identifying and managing the way they feel. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of what research tells us about interoception as well as how this sense influences self-regulation, health and emotional well-being.
Saturday, April 13th
Triumph: Overcoming the Odds – Russell Lehmann
The story of how a 28-year-old man with autism overcame debilitating mental health issues to lead a fulfilling life in which he travels the country spreading hope, awareness, understanding and acceptance. Shared are lessons learned, insights gained and poetry that gives a deeply personal and transparent look in-side the world of autism, OCD, anxiety and depression. Eye-opening, motivational, informative and inspirational.