Just months ago, The American Occupational Therapy Association published the 4th edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF-4; AOTA, 2020).
There is one modification I am particularly excited about… the addition of interoception to the OTPF-4 under sensory functions (AOTA, 2020).
Interoception became a topic of interest to me back in 2017 when I was treating a child with significant emotion dysregulation. I began to question where emotion lives in the sensory system. Three years later, interoception is the topic of my doctoral project. This project will be the creation of an online continuing education course on the intersection of interoception and occupational therapy
Authors across many disciplines are linking interoception to challenges with toileting, disordered eating, emotion, depression, anxiety, body awareness, executive function, perception of time and more! I am busily pouring over the work of neuroscientists, psychologists, and other allied health professionals to compile an online course on the topic of interoception.
It is important to me to build a course that will be valuable to occupational therapy practitioners.
Could I have 10 min of your time?
I would love to validate my ideas with you as well as find out what you think is essential to include in the content of my upcoming educational course. If you can spare a few min, click on the link below. I will not gather any names or personal information – just your valuable input.
Reference: American Occupational Therapy Association. (2020). Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process (4th ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(Suppl. 2), 7412410010. https://doi. org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S2001