Prepared by: Jack Walton & Nicky Taylor
Your children have most probably been coming home from school, talking to you about their day and may have dropped Interoception into the conversation. Due to this, there could be some unanswered questions that you may have and leave you wondering what Interoception is. We are hoping to be able to answer some of those questions that you’ve pondered on.
Interoception is moving along very smoothly at Craigburn this year. We are using this time to reflect and provide a progression report in what has been an unprecedented year to date for us all. Children ranging from Reception to Year 7 have been a part of Interoception at Craigburn so far and the progress we have seen in a number of these children has been promising, therefore allowing us to continue on with this and look to interpret a program to follow for Term 3.
An Interoception exercise focuses on a particular part of their body for at least 30 seconds, followed by discussing the changes they have felt, as well as being able to recognise their mindset change to.
As a part of Interoception we have been doing exercises with the children, focusing on creating and noticing internal signals, this was briefly mentioned in a previous post at the beginning of the school year.
Interoception activities teach us to connect with these physiological changes that signal mood changes, or bodily self-regulation needs. This has enabled them to build up their self-awareness, access the exercises and to assist them in their journey of learning to self-regulate. Children learn appropriate responses once they are able to notice and to recognise their internal signals.
The physical indicators & signs of anger can range from the grinding of teeth, aches & pains as well as an increase in heart rate. As part of Interoception we’ve also been learning and discussing with the children how their body reacts to different situations; for example when they’re:
Unpacking these has allowed us to progressively move into discussing the volcano; this includes both their emotions and their breathing too. The volcano breathing works on the principle that anger is like the lava inside a volcano and that it is going to come out sooner or later, so it would be safer for the lava to run down the sides rather than explode into the wider atmosphere. This technique is taught when the children are calm and prompted when they are becoming emotional, therefore equips the children to manage their anger positively.
Interoception takes place in the school learning environment a minimum of 2 times a day. Some students have created their own exercises focusing on one of the four areas. We will post and feature these throughout the remainder of the year.
Nicky Taylor – Senior Leader
Jack Walton – Well-being SSO and Learning Support Team