Interoception is the ability to recognise and listen to the internal signals of your body and mind and the physical reactions that this can cause.
e.g. My tummy hurts. I feel sick, I’m hungry so if I eat something I will feel better, or My heart is beating fast, I am feeling nervous, I can do some breathing to help me tackle this challenge. My face is getting hot, I know I am getting upset/anxious/worried…
At Hackham East Primary School we understand, and spend a great deal of time teaching the ‘whole child’, which includes our focus on ‘Wellbeing for Learning.’ When students become upset, angry or anxious and do not have tools to help recognize these emotions and build strategies to deal with the emotions and reactions, engaging in learning often becomes difficult, and impacts on their learning and the learning of others.
Interoception is another program and strategy, along with Play Is The Way that we implement whole school to support with this.