How does your engine run? How alert or calm do you feel throughout the day and what makes you feel that way?
Knowing this can help you maintain a just right level more often. Also, by learning how your own engine runs, you will gain insight that you can pass on to children you work with to help them describe how they feel and what activities make them feel just right throughout their own days.
Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger explain the theory behind their successful Alert Program and show you how to set up your own program. The program can be adapted for all ages, making it so versatile. There are over 50 pages of appendices with practical charts, flashcards, and activity aids that can be photocopied for instructional use.
The Alert Program was found to be effective in helping children to “self-regulate, change tasks, organise themselves, cope with sensory challenges, and focus on tasks in the classroom” (Barnes, Karin J., et al., 2008).