As such, AOTA requires that we inform occupational therapists of the following, prior to registering for this online course.
The Alert Program® for Self-Regulation Online Course
Course Dates and Location:
This course is located online and is open year-round. You will have access to the course for two months from your registration date. After that time, access to the course is discontinued.
PD Provider Name and contact information:
TherapyWorks, Inc. can be contacted at [email protected].
MarySue Williams, OTR/L and Sherry Shellenberger, OTR/L
MarySue and Sherry have lectured extensively across the country and internationally since 1991. They have developed two online courses and published numerous products including books, songs, and games related to self-regulation. Their work has been included in occupational therapy textbooks and the program is used in over 85 countries. MarySue and Sherry have developed practical ways to teach people of all ages how to incorporate sensory supports and self-regulation concepts into everyday living. In 2003, they received the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Recognition of Achievement Award for “Excellence in Intervention Development and Dissemination” for their outstanding contributions.
This workshop is intended for a variety of professionals, including OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, counselors, and parents. All who participate will glean new information whether or not they are familiar with the Alert Program® concepts.
The Alert Program® Online Course is appropriate for Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels because of the unique structure of this training: those who are new to the Alert Program® or sensory integration concepts (Introductory Level) will hear the information presented in a way that they will feel ready to begin using the program. And those who are familiar with the Alert Program® (Intermediate Level) and those who have been using the program for years or even teaching about sensory integration concepts (Advanced Level), will hear new ways to share the information with other team members and entice them to become “detectives” to support self-regulation, as well as learning advanced ways to implement the program.
Participants will be able to:
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 adult clients).
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.
Course Description and Time-Ordered Agenda:
This course is designed so that the participant can begin or continue to implement the Alert Program® in their setting. Video modules, required text, and additional resources (links to helpful articles, websites, etc.) will cover the following information:
I. Welcome And Objectives (15:38 minutes of video)
II. Overview of the Alert Program® (71:56)
III. Underlying Theory and Teaching Tips
Protective Responses & Importance of Heavy Work (42:50)
Sensory-Motor Preferences (39:50)
Detective Work (52:58)
Ways to Share Alert Program® Concepts (27:32)
Examples and “Hands On” Learning (10:06)
IV. Alert Program® Stages
Stage One (49:57)
Slides and Video Examples (41:04)
Five Column Activity (34:01)
Stage Two (72:79)
Slides of Take Five! Activities (and more) (40:51)
Stage Three (90:48)
V. The Finale! & Summary (10:21)
NOTE: The numbers above reflect actual video minutes for a total of 12.5 hours. Learners, also earn, 5.0 hours for reading the required text throughout the course and 2.5 hours for use of the additional resources contained in the course. Total of 20.0 contact hours (2.0 AOTA CEUs and 25 NBCOT PDUs). Learners have a three-month access period within which to complete the course and post-test.
This course includes the authors filmed as they present the content. These video streaming modules feature lecture and slides throughout the course. This online course requires access to high-speed internet connections to be able to view content and complete the post-test. The required textbook, “How Does Your Engine Run?”® A Leader’s Guide to the Alert Program® for Self-Regulation, handout packet (with Module Tracking Checklist), and sensory strategies (Bag of Brain Breaks) will be mailed to participants for their use. Instructions and materials for hands-on activities, additional readings and resource weblinks are interspersed appropriately throughout the course.
Cancellation Policies for Learner:
This online course is non-refundable. Exception: We will make every effort to help you complete your online course. In the unlikely event that our friendly and knowledgeable tech support team for some unforeseen reason cannot help you access the online course, then participants will be offered alternative dates to retake the course or participants 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).
Cancellation Policies for Provider:
Should TherapyWorks, Inc. see the need to cancel the online course, then participants will be offered alternative dates to retake the course or participants 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).
AOTA CEUs/contact hours:
Upon successful completion of the course and post-test (with a score of 70% or better), TherapyWorks, Inc. will issue a Certificate of Completion for 20 contact hours and 2.0 AOTA CEUs (25 NBCOT PDUs). We comply with AOTA APP policies and as such will not retroactively grant AOTA CEUs.
Click here to view the online registration page which includes answers to the following questions you might have: What to I need to view the course?; What is the cancellation policy?; What is the registration rate?; What are the steps to register?; What is the email communications procedures?; How do I submit a Special Needs Request?
Special Needs Requests:
If you require special assistance, TherapyWorks, Inc. will make every effort to accommodate your needs. We require four weeks prior written notice in order to help support your learning.
Course Completion Requirements:
After all video modules have been viewed with successful completion of the post-test, a certificate of completion will be issued. You are welcome to repeat the test until you are successful, as long as the post-test is completed by the course expiration date. Learners have a two month access period from the time of registration in which to complete the course and post-test.
AOTA Approved Provider Category:
Occupational Therapy Service Delivery
MarySue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger are co-owners of TherapyWorks, Inc.
Course Dates and Discontinuation:
This Alert Program® Online Course is open year-round. You will have access to the course for two months from your registration date. After that time, access to the course is discontinued. If for some unforseen reason TherapyWorks, Inc. would need to discontinue this course, all currently enrolled participants would receive a full refund.
Friendly Reminder: This online course requires access to high-speed internet connections to be able to view the content and complete the post-test. The required textbook, “How Does Your Engine Run?”® A Leader’s Guide to the Alert Program® for Self-Regulation, handout packet (with Module Tracking Checklist), and sensory strategies (Bag of Brain Breaks) are all included in the registration fee and will be mailed to participants for their use during the course.
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.
The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved these courses for EI credential credit.