Alert is a program aimed at helping children to recognise their emotions and feelings. Children are taught this by using an “engine” analogy, which is easily identifiable for children, and helps them to acknowledge their “engine” (whether it is running slow, fast or just right). For example, the child learns that he /she needs to do something physical like jump up and down before settling to do speech therapy/reading, or that he/she needs to use a fidget toy e.g. squeeze a stress ball when they are feeling restless.

Number of participation hours required

Under 20 20+
0 to 10 hours per week depending service provider’s method of training.

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Program helps children with autism to identify their emotions and feelings and self regulate accordingly.
Educates parents and educators in how to read and respond to different emotional states in the child.
Requirement for ongoing reinforcement.