The SCERTS Model: Introduction, Application and Assessment

Event Details

Conference Room at Key Connections Consulting
DateTimeRegistration Deadline
April 15, 2019 – April 16, 20198:00 am – 4:00 pmApril 9, 2019

Using the SCERTS Framework to Guide Priorities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Conference Location | Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge (320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB)

April 15, 2019 – Day 1

Day 1 of this course will introduce the SCERTS model, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational approach designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  This model is not exclusive of other treatment approaches and methodologies, but rather provides a framework for those who are seeking guidelines for implementing a comprehensive educational plan that is based on our knowledge of the core developmental challenges faced by children with ASD, family-centered care, and our knowledge of the recommended tenets of educational programming.  The model was designed to provide guidelines for helping children progress through the stages of becoming a competent social communicator.  It was also designed to provide families and educational teams with the help they may need to feel successful in supporting the child.  Participants of this course will learn how to determine meaningful, purposeful, and motivating goals and strategies based on a child’s developmental stage, functional needs, and family priorities.  

April 16, 2019 – Day 2

Day 2 of this course will begin with the essential priorities for applying the SCERTS assessment in program development, namely writing goals and determining supports (i.e., educational planning) and adjusting programming based upon developmental level.

Speaker Profile

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP 

Emily is the Director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and related social learning disabilities. As a former adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Yale University, she served as a member of their Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic.  She has also served as an instructor for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she has developed courses to prepare graduate level students for addressing the needs of children with autism and their families.  More recently, she has joined the team at the Marcus Autism Center, affiliated with Emory University, as an educational outreach specialist. In addition to the SCERTS Assessment, her publications have focused on early identification of autism, contemporary intervention models, and programming guidelines for high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.  She recently participated as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a committee charged with developing guidelines related to the role of speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of ASD.  She lectures internationally and provides consultation to educational programs serving children and adolescents with autism and related developmental disorders.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how current research in social neuroscience guides our ability to navigate and select evidence-based strategies most essential to critical priorities of individuals with autism.
  2. Identify the three domains of SCERTS and how these relate to the critical outcomes of social emotional competence.
  3. Identify how the SCERTS scope and sequence of goals can be used to guide the development of meaningful, functional and evidence-based objectives in social communication and emotional regulation.

Adjust programming related to educational objectives and appropriate strategies relevant to a child who is before words, emerging language or conversational language.

Target Audience: Service providers, educators, therapists, administrators, paraprofessionals and families who are seeking an introduction to the SCERTS practice principles and specific guidelines for application and assessment.

How to Register

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