Developing Interoception: The Pre-Req for Co-Regulation & Self-Regulation in the Playroom

Helping children learn how to regulate is essential, but without first strengthening the child’s interoceptive sense, regulation may not be successful. This experiential workshop offers various opportunities to explore how play can develop this fundamental part of the sensory system.

As play therapists, there is an understanding that regulation and co-regulation are essential skills that must be developed in order to have successful relationships and manage emotions, and are essential for trauma integration; however, what many play therapists may not fully understand is that there is a prerequisite that needs to be in place for regulation skills to be effective. 

What has been understood for years in the world of Occupational Therapy is now becoming a primary focus of education for play therapists. This important understanding is that the child’s interoceptive sense, the 8th sensory system that is responsible for letting the brain know how the body is doing, must be developed first before a child can successfully regulate and co-regulate.  

Without the development and strengthening of the interoceptive sense, a child may have all kinds of regulation knowledge and tools but will not be able to read their own body cues to know when to use any of them. Examples such as knowing when to use the bathroom, when to take a deep breath, when to ask for help, the ability to read non-verbal cues, knowing when emotions are feeling overwhelming, etc. all rely on interoception.  

This playful workshop is designed to help play therapists learn what the interoceptive sense is and how to use play to develop interoception in their child clients setting the stage for successful regulation and co-regulation. Play therapists will have fun experientially exploring this fundamental part of the sensory system!

(This course is a recording of a 2 hour live webinar held in November 2023)

See course details below.


What: A 2-hour home study course designed to help play therapists learn what the interoceptive sense is and how to use play to develop interoception in their child clients!

Where: Wherever you are!

When: You will have access to this course for 365 days from the date of purchase. Access to this course and its content will expire at that time. 

Developing Interoception: The Pre-Req for Co-regulation and Self-Regulation in the Playroom Learning Objectives:

  • Explore at least 4 ways to develop the interoceptive sense in the therapist and in the child client
  • Discuss the importance of the therapist strengthening their own interoceptive sense and the implications in the playroom for trauma integration
  • Examine the role interoception plays in the development of the ability to regulate and co-regulate

CE Credit Hours: 2 CE Credit Hours, NBCC Content Areas: Counseling Theory/Practice; Wellness and Prevention

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7450. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Synergetic Play Therapy Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute is also an Approved Provider for the following associations:
*Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider

*British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider 23-01

Continuing education credit hours may be awarded to graduate-level counselors or students enrolled in a graduate-level mental health program. If you do not qualify for continuing education credit hours and would like to receive a certificate of completion for this course please contact the Institute directly.

Cost: $65 USD

If you are needing financial assistance or would like to make a donation to support other play therapists in being able to afford play therapy training, please visit the Synergetic Play Therapy Foundation website to learn more!

Presenter: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Refund Policy: Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. You will not receive CE credit hours for this course should you choose to transfer your enrollment to another course. Please contact the Institute should you have any questions or concerns. 


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