The Alert Program® is the Gold Standard
The Alert Program® is based on how the body processes sensory information. You may be familiar with the “sensory diet” concept (Patricia Wilbarger, M.Ed, OTR, FAOTA). Just as we need a nutritional diet, we need a sensory diet with input from our traditional senses, as well as movement and gravity.
In the Alert Program®, we explain the sensory diet concept to children in more simple terms. We teach there are five ways to change how alert we feel: put something in your mouth, move, touch, look, and listen.
The Alert Program® teaches how to observe, offers strategies, and creates environments where sensory information can be processed better. No child should live in a world full of charging tigers.
Reading Engine Signals
When adults understand what sensory overload signals the child is giving, powerful changes can occur.
The Alert Program® teaches the team how to observe signals such as dilated pupils, changes in breath and skin colour, clenching, sweating, or more subtle changes such as eye aversion, finger-flaring, or hiding under the table.