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How Does Your Engine Run ?: Leader's Guide to the Alert Program for Self-Regulation
This leader's guide introduces the Alert Program (AP) to occupational therapists, parents, teachers, and other professionals. AP promotes awareness of how we regulate our arousal states and encourages the use of sensorimotor strategies to manage our levels of alertness. Knowledge of self-regulation and a repertoire of strategies enhance our abilities to learn, interact wit ...more
Spiral-bound, 130 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Therapyworks
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My son's occupational therapist introduced this approach to self-regulation during his sessions, and it was extremely effective for him. I chose to read the leader's guide myself to see how I could support my son's attempts to self-regulate now that he's no longer seeing the OT. We still use the "engine" language to talk about how his body feels and whether or not we need to try various strategies to get him in "just right" condition before doing academic work, sitting down to eat dinner, etc. I ...more
As a parent of a kid with sensory integration issues, I know I am not the target audience for this program guide. I appreciated a few of the diagrams in the early chapters, most notably the 3 stages of self regulation. There wasn't much by way of ideas or adaptations for preschoolers.