Interoception and Autism

BodyStress Web You might be asking yourself what is interoception?  I had not heard about it until recently myself.  Interoception refers to the sensitivity to the internal states of ourselves whether it be an itch, your heartbeat, your breathing.  It is often called your “internal sense.”

Research on ‘interoception’, led by Dr Sarah Garfinkel, has lead to the conclusion that individuals with autism spectrum disorder often do not understand the reasons for physiological patterns of differences in their bodies  and have a tendency to overreact to these changes. As a result of this overreaction, they seem to feel a higher level of stress and anxiety.

This research lead to a groundbreaking new Therapy called ADIE.  This therapy could be a preventative for individuals with autism spectrum disorder to develop anxiety disorder.


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