Interoception is the sense of the internal state of the body; the neurophysiology behind "body awareness”. Science shows us that children with autism have a very affected interoception, and often a lack of self-awareness. The signals from the body go via the spinal cord to an area in the brain called the thalamus. This area is where all the sensory inputs are sorted. The most important ones then go to the insula cortex and reach the mind. This lecture will focus on children on the autism spectrum, their nervous system, and why they often feel overwhelmed. Many of the children and adolescents don’t recognize the feeling of hunger, feeling cold or having to go to the restroom. They get sensory-flooded and overwhelmed by noise, light, touch, smell or just too many people.
Key stages 1-5
Early bird rate: £16 (+VAT) until Friday 30th October 2020 / Full rate: £19 (+VAT)