The Alert Program® Online Course

Masterminds School is partnering with the Alert Program® to have our school staff trained in this evidence-based, tried and true approach to help students be alert, attentive, and focused for learning.

Register for this unique online course before June 1, 2020 and save $75!
(Special offer for friends and associates of Masterminds School)

  • Watch amazing HD videos anytime during the two months after you register.
  • To keep you alert for learning, you'll receive a book, handout packet, and sensory strategies in the mail prior to the course.
  • Learn, laugh and re-energize your "engine" as you watch the authors "in action" with these entertaining, yet informative video modules.
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What's this course about?
Watch this brief video for an overview
(and a chuckle)!

Watch at your own pace... from anywhere, anytime.

New to the Alert Program®?

Internationally recognized Alert Program® authors, MarySue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger, have been observing, supporting, and teaching about self-regulation for 30+ years, so no surprise they've created a one-of-a-kind online learning experience where you will stay alert and focused while having fun! MarySue and Sherry have published outstanding books, songs, and games relating to self-regulation (used in over 40 countries worldwide). Their evidence-based program is so valued that it is included in occupational therapy textbooks.

Since 1990, the Alert Program® has been teaching parents, teachers, and therapists to be "detectives" learning how to use simple sensory strategies, placed in routines at the right time, in the right way, to set up nervous systems for success!...And having a huge impact on children’s and adult’s ability to attend, learn, relax, and work.

This online course is intended for a variety of professionals, including SEITs, behavior analysts, classroom teachers,  paraprofessionals, therapists, principals, and parents. All who participate will glean new information whether or not they have tried using the Alert Program®.

Whew, that was a mouth full....

But if you want to dive in and learn more about the research behind the Alert Program®,  click here to learn more.  

How does it work?

  • You register for the course (scroll down to register below).
  • You receive a “Bag of Brain Breaks” (sensory strategies), book, and handout packet via snail mail.
  • You’ll have unlimited access for two months to view the videos and access the Additional Resources.
  • Need CEU’s? Take the post-test and receive 20 contact hours.

Save $75 with this special offer for friends and associates of Masterminds School!

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Course Objectives:

  • 1

    Describe how to adapt the Alert Program® for use in a school, home, therapy, or community setting with an individual or group of individuals (any age from birth to elder care).

  • 2

    Interpret their own sensorimotor preferences thereby improving the ability to facilitate self-regulation in others (children or adults).

  • 3

    List new therapeutic/educational activities to support self-regulation appropriate for use in school, home, therapy, or community settings.

  • 4

    Identify novel methods for sharing sensory integration and Alert Program® basic concepts with others.

Watch this video for a
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What will I learn taking the online course?

You will learn how the Alert Program®'s framework can support children and adults, those who are typically or not so typically developing, as well as those who are verbal or non-verbal.

  • Parents and caregivers...

    Learn to support self-regulation for any age child (with or without learning challenges). For example, parents or caregivers learn how to help the child shift from a high to low state for falling asleep at bedtime and how to help the child stay in an optimal alert state in challenging times and avoiding meltdowns.

  • A teacher...

    Learns how to support preschool, elementary, middle, or high school students to attain an optimal state of alertness for attending, learning, and concentrating in classrooms. Spend more time teaching and less time dealing with behaviors! (And students can learn what they can do to self-regulate in the classroom or at home.)

  • A student with learning challenges...

    Learns how to maintain an optimal alert state to make it easier for shining his best self at school and at home. The Alert Program® teaches students (of all ages) how to self-monitor and enhance self-esteem. And teachers parents, teachers, and therapists learn how help the child’s school and home life flow with more ease.

  • Adults like you...

    Learn what they can do after lunch, for example, when their nervous systems are in a low alert state, yet they need to be productive at work. Or they feel lethargic in the morning but need to get up to start their day. The Alert Program® is helpful for all who are typically functioning since we “all have engines,” some of our engines just go a little higher and some need more help, but we all self-regulate.

  • Elders...

    Who may have dementia can be skillfully directed to use self-regulation strategies that decrease anxiety or agitation and help them participate in meaningful activities. Individuals of any age with behavioral or mental health issues can benefit from the Alert Program®. It is an approach that helps caregivers to understand the importance of self-regulation.

  • An individual with autism...

    Who is non-verbal will benefit from guidance from a knowledgeable support team to help him self-regulate at school or at work in a community setting. Support team members learn how to be “detectives” so they can offer calming or alerting strategies. Those with high functioning autism often can learn how to be independent in self-regulation through the Alert Program®.

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What do others say?

"I was worried about how it would be to watch that many hours of video.  I should never have been concerned - you were both such interesting speakers and the section breaks [and Brain Breaks] really made it GREAT.... very informative and entertaining!"

"Fabulous! I have been in pediatric practice for 25 years and SI certified for over 20 years... This program refreshed my spirit, stimulated my mind, and fostered my creativity.  I look forward to working with my clients next week!"

How much time will I need to complete the course?

This isn't your average online course! It's not slides and audio or boring material.

As you view the video modules, you'll feel as if you are at a "live" training and the authors are teaching you the program directly (in your home or work site).

It is self-paced. So you can go through the 18 modules as quickly, or as slowly, as your wish. One participant watched one module per day while working out on her treadmill and completed the course in 18 days.

The videos are broken up into manageable 5-15 minute portions, which makes it easy to watch a few videos, take a break, and then watch some more.

There are 12.25 hours of engaging video segments interspersed with optional additional resources. And you can read the Leader’s Guide book (included in the registration) as you view the modules. There are even “hands on” experiential learning activities to keep you alert for learning!

Watch as the authors walk you through every step of the program and see the authors "in action" as they talk with children and adults, demonstrating how you can adapt the program for your setting. Learn how the authors have helped those with sensory processing and learning challenges for 30+ years!

You'll want in on this one-of-a-kind online training!

This special offer is good only until June 1, 2020.
Register now and save $75!

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