The Alert Program® for Self-Regulation

USA Online Course

The Alert Program® training that has been given around the world, 

now comes to you with maximum flexibility!

What's this course about?

Watch this brief video for an overview
(and a chuckle)!

Watch At Your Own Pace,  Anywhere, Anytime.

Watch engaging 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.

New to the Alert Program®?

Who is this online course for?

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.

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Learn to support self-regulation for infants and young children (who are not developmentally able to independently self-regulate). For example, parents or caregivers learn how to help the child shift from a high to low state for falling asleep at naptime.


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. (And students can learn what they can do to self-regulate at homework time.)

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Needs to know how to maintain an optimal state while studying and while taking an exam to demonstrate their knowledge. The Alert Program® teaches students (of all ages) how to change levels of alertness to meet a variety of situational demands.


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. Adults will 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 if they feel lethargic in the morning but need to get up to start their day. 


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 care givers to understand the importance of self-regulation.

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Who is non-verbal will benefit from guidance from a knowledgeable support team to help them 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®.

What is The Alert Program®
for Self-Regulation?

Internationally recognized Alert Program® authors, MarySue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger, have been observing, supporting, and teaching about self-regulation for decades, 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 lectured extensively across the country and internationally for 30+ years. They have published outstanding books, songs, and games relating to self-regulation. Their evidenced-based program is so valued that it is included in occupational therapy textbooks.

MarySue and Sherry have developed practical ways to teach people of all ages how to incorporate sensory integration and "sensory diet" concepts into every day living.

AOTA recognized their professional contributions by honoring them with the "Excellence in Intervention Development and Dissemination" Award in June 2003.

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 OTs, COTA's, PTs, PTA's, SLPs, teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, counselors, and parents. All who participate will glean new information whether or not they have tried using the Alert Program®.

Course Objectives:

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).

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

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

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

Watch this video for an online course video clip sample.

Bag of Brain Breaks

We'll send you everything you need to help your "engine" run just right:

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The Leader's Guide Book (course text)

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With 50+ pages and a Module Tracking Checklist (to easily keep track as you view the video modules)

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So you can stay alert while watching the course

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seating option

The kind you can buy for your child or client without a big budget

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A sample of the quiet kind that don't bother anyone's ears when kids blow them

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We've thought of everything to make this an experiential learning experience! 

How does it work?

You register for the course (click register now button).

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 and access the Additional Resources.

Need CEU's? Take the post-test and receive 20 contact hours.

Discounted rates for groups of 4+ (contact us). 

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Course Fee

Take it from your peers...
this Online Course is Going to Blow you Away!

"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!"

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"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!"

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"This was an amazing course and you both did an incredible job with the video modules, books and handouts. This is definitely the best online course I have ever taken and possibly the best continuing ed course! You are both incredible therapists that have a gift at sharing your knowledge and I loved how you taught us HOW TO initiate the conversation and start teaching and sharing the Alert Program. Your songs, games and all of your examples are wonderful and easy to do. THANK YOU  for creating this online course, the work you put into this was monumental and very much appreciated!!! Thank you!!!"

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"I really enjoyed the pace of the video modules and appreciated that each module was also segmented. The handout packet will be something I continue to reference as I help support teachers and students. The information was so great! I especially enjoyed the in-depth discussion of Detective Work, and also the small reminders that it is okay for teachers to "expect chaos" as students experiment with strategies.  I also loved all of the extra resources and research articles that I can provide to administrators, teachers, and parents. It is always so appreciated to have evidence to support the advocacy of my students."

Much more engaging than your average online course !

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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). Many online courses are simply audio over slides. Not us! 

Watch as MarySue and Sherry 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. See video clips of those typically developing and those not so typically developing benefiting from the Alert Program®. Learn how the authors have helped those with sensory processing and learning challenges for 30+ years!

As if video modules weren't enough,
we've included lots of Additional Bonuses
only available through this Online Course!

More BONUSES! Additional Resources

Not only will you be so impressed by the extensive and practical content in this Online Course, but at the bottom of each module page, you’ll find Additional Resources.  You are going to love the TONS of great websites, helpful articles, DIY sensory strategies, and so many more we don’t have room to list here. You can bookmark the Additional Resources for the future since these bonuses are available through the Online Course only!

Bonus 01

"This was one of the most helpful and impactful course I have every taken. I will definitely be doing the additional continuing education opportunities and recommending this to my colleagues! Thank you for putting so much effort into this course. It is obvious how passionate you both are about helpful individuals find their way to self-regulate!"

BONUS: Technical Support Available

Just like the Maytag dishwasher repair guy on the commercial, our friendly and knowledgeable tech support team doesn’t receive many questions. We take pride in that!  For your ease in viewing, we will include Tech Tips in your confirmation letter, along with phone and email contact info (just in case) to make your Online Course “easy, breezy!”

Bonus 02

"This was by far the best continuing education course I have ever taken. Thank you to MarySue and Sherry for making sure my engine was in the just right state so I could attend. I liked how the video was segmented into small clips. This made it so much for manageable and less intimidating. I am excited to use the Alert Program® with the behavior and multiple disabilities classrooms at my school, as well as other students on my caseload."

Register Now

As soon as you register, we'll mail your course materials
("Bag of Brain Breaks" with book, handouts, and sensory strategies)

For this USA Online Course, you'll have access for two months from the day you register! 

International Friends: Click here for the International Online Course.

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Do you offer group discounts?

*Gather a group of 4+ friends/colleagues

*Choose your group's start date

*Contact us and we will get your group started

What do I need to view the Online Course (technical requirements)?

*High-speed Internet access

*Browser with up-to-date version

*Strongly recommend: Safari for Macs and Internet Explorer for PCs (must be Version 9 or higher)

What is the Cancellation Policy?

This Online Course is non-refundable. Exception: In the unlikely event that: 1) TherapyWorks, Inc. would need to cancel the training, or 2) Our friendly and knowledgeable tech support team for some unforseen reason cannot help you access the Online Course, then you can choose to receive a full refund minus $50 for the cost of the Leader’s Guide book, handout packet, and materials (if mailed to you prior to the start of the Online Course).

How long will I have access to the Video Modules and Additional Resources?

The content will be available for two months from the date and time of registration.  At the end of the training, access to the modules will automatically expire. Be sure to bookmark any of the bonus Additional Resources because they will be only available for viewing during the Online Course. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to refer back to these great websites, articles, and DIY sensory strategies!

May I view the Online Course with a friend or co-worker?

This Online Course is priced for individual viewing only, access is solely for your use. Sharing your username and password with others is prohibited. And projection of video modules for group viewing is prohibited. We offer special licenses for small or large groups.  If you (or your employer) are interested, please email [email protected] for details.

If your friend or co-worker has registered and purchased the Online Course, you may view it together. Learning together is a great way to collaborate, brainstorm, and problem solve. 

Tell me more about the Bag of Brain Breaks.

After you register, we’ll be packing up the following goodies, so look for a box in the mail soon. Then you’ll have all you need to keep your “engine running just right” for the Online Course!

•The Leader’s Guide Book (course text),

•Handout Packet with 50+ pages and a Module Tracking Checklist (to track modules as you view them),

•Hand Fidget Tools (so you can stay alert while watching the Online Course),

•Seating Option (the kind you can buy for your child or client without a big budget!),

•Mouth Whistle (a sample of the quiet kind that won’t bother anyone’s ears!)

I already have a copy of the book. Will you still mail me another one?

Yes. When compiling the Bags of Brain Breaks, we’re including  a book for each participant. If you already have the Leader’s Guide book, then keep the extra copy handy to give to another parent, teacher, or therapist on your team to borrow so they learn how to support self-regulation.

I have special needs...

If you require special assistance to take this online course, TherapyWorks, Inc. will make every effort to accommodate your needs. We require four weeks prior written notice in order to help support your learning.

How can I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

You’ll need to view all video modules. Browsing the Additional Resources are optional (material is not included in the post-test). Upon successful completion of the course and post-test (score of 70% or better), TherapyWorks, Inc. will issue a Certificate of Completion for 20 contact hours. (You can take the test without your “engine going up into high gear” since you may repeat the test until you are successful).

We are a proud AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, so occupational therapists will receive 2.0 AOTA CEU’s. Due to the wide range of requirements for licensure in different states and different professions, we recommend that you check with your state’s licensing board to confirm CEU approval for this online course.


Orders placed before 12:00pm (MDT) on Fridays will be shipped by the end of the work day (each Friday). Thanks for your patience as we work to process your orders!

Are you an occupational therapist?

We are an AOTA Approved Provider. As such, AOTA requires that we give you more info, so please take a quick minute to click here and learn more.

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TherapyWorks, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Provider # 4832. This Distance Learning-independent online course is offered at 2.0 CEUs, for introductory, intermediate and advanced education levels, in the Occupational Therapy Services Delivery category. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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