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"The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living - hands on, exploring, in active relationship with life"
Sensory Explorers Group

The main aim is self-regulation, to learn to be aware on what you feel when you are tired, angry, sad and how to respond on that feeling. We’re introducing the “How Does Your Engine Run?®” The Alert Program® for Self-Regulation developed by two internationally known occupational therapists, Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger.


We help children to learn what to do if they are in a non-optimal state of alertness. We teach children that there are five ways to change how alert we feel: put something in the mouth, move, touch, look, or listen. Everybody self-regulate throughout the day, but rarely we talk about it. For example, think about what you do to get started in the morning. For example you take a shower (touch category) and a coffee (mouth category). You watched the news (look category) or listen to the radio (listen category). After that you cycle to your work.


We teach children to use these engine strategies at school and at home, so they can be in the optimal state for learning, playing, and interacting with their friends, family, and peers. We empower children to know what to do if their engines are in low gear and need to focus on learning a new math skill or, if their engines are in high gear, what they can do to get ready to sleep at night.


The 8 week small group program, is facilitated in English by Occupational Therapists with experience with self-regulation difficulties. 


For cost and booking, please contact us.

(Therapeutic group cost may be claimable through health insurance)

Registered with the Dutch Occupational Therapy and Educational Psychology Association: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Ergotherapie (number 14979; registration number: 29901493690) and Nederlandse Vereniging voor Orthopedagogiek (number 7612).

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Achter Sint Pieter 9

3512 HP Utrecht

Phone +31(0)624144875  




Registratie nummer: 29901493690  

Nederlandse Vereniging voor Ergotherapie (NVE: nr. 14979)    

Nederlandse Vereniging voor Orthopedagogiek’ (NVO: nr. 7612)    

AGB-code: 99-001060/ 88-051023

IBAN: NL41ABNA0415337623

NL41 ABNA 0415 3376 23


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