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What is interoceptive awareness?

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Have you ever wondered why some young children find it so hard to express their feelings, or why they exhibit disruptive behaviors? It may be that they struggle with recognizing and responding to sensations in the body.

  • Interoception is known as the eighth sensory system, and is involved in sensing signals such as hunger, pain, emotion, and fatigue. ​
  • Children need to learn how to notice, recognize, and identify these sensations so that they can communicate their feelings through gestures and words, rather than through challenging behaviors.
  • When young children can effectively communicate their feelings, their caregivers can assist them in understanding them as well.

How does interoceptive awareness help young children regulate and communicate their feelings? And how can adults help children establish interoceptive awareness?

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