The SCERTS Model

A comprehensive educational approach for children with Autism Spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities

February 10-11, 2017 | Providence Portland Medical Center
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This presentation will provide an introduction to The SCERTS Model - a comprehensive model for prioritizing goals and implementing practices that focus on the core challenges in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and providing Transactional Supports for children with ASD and related social-communicative disabilities as well as their families.
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Who Can Attend

This course will benefit educators, rehabilitation professionals, social workers, psychologists, behavior therapists, parents and administrators.


JoAnna Mullett



Register online using the link above or the form below. Confirmations will be emailed. Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Registration Fee:

The two-day registration fees cover continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate of attendance and course materials.

  • Health care professionals: $399 ($349 if you register and pay by January 20, 2017)
  • Students: $199
  • Parents: $199

Refund Policy:

Full refunds, less a $50 administrative fee, will be granted if cancellation is requested by January 27. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Contact Hours:

This course will qualify for 11 contact hours for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Therapists, Nurses, and Social Workers in Oregon. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

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Course Description

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Identify critical developmental underpinnings for the domains of the SCERTS Model, and curriculum components of the model.
  • Understand the SCERTS curriculum, focusing on Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports.
  • Identify individualized intervention goals, objectives and strategies for
    • Preverbal children (social partner)
    • Children with emerging language and/or who produce echolalia (language partner)
    • Children with more sophisticated language abilities (conversational partner)
  • Provide educational and emotional support in all aspects of programming, and apply transactional supports for inclusion and in working with parents.

Course Description

This presentation will provide an introduction to The SCERTS Model, a comprehensive model for prioritizing goals and implementing practices that focus on the core challenges in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and providing Transactional Supports for children with ASD and related social-communicative disabilities, as well as their families. The SCERTS model is a flexible and individualized approach that is:

  1. Grounded within a developmental framework;
  2. Focused on learning functional skills in every day activities;
  3. Based on the unique learning style of persons with ASD; and
  4. Team-based, allowing for interdisciplinary practice and collaboration with family members.

It is not an exclusive approach, in that it provides a framework in which practices from other approaches may be integrated.

The SCERTS Model is now being implemented in more than 12 countries in programs ranging from Early Intervention, school-age services and adult services. The manuals have been translated into Japanese and Korean, with Chinese and Spanish editions in process.

In this workshop, assessment and intervention issues will be addressed for children with a wide range of developmental abilities and ages, including preverbal and verbal individuals, from preschool through elementary, middle, high school ages and adult services. Particular emphasis will be given to the core challenges faced by students with ASD and related abilities by emphasizing the interface between social, emotional and communication issues from a clinical and educational perspective.

About the Speaker


Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP is recognized as one of the leading scholars in autism spectrum disorders and communication disabilities, with more than 40 years experience as a researcher and international consultant for individuals with autism and related disabilities. He is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, an Adjunct Professor at Brown University and Director of Childhood Communication Services - a private practice.

Formerly, he was a Professor of Communication Disorders at Emerson College and Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Brown University Medical School. Publications include four books, 130 chapters and articles and The SCERTS Model manuals, an educational approach now being implemented in more than a dozen countries.

Barry has presented more than 700 seminars and keynote addresses internationally> He developed (and for 20 years has co-facilitated) an annual retreat weekend for parents of family members on the autism spectrum. He has received many honors, including the 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - their highest honor; 2005 Princeton University-Eden Career Award in autism; and the 2013 Divine Neurotypical Award of GRASP (Global Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership).

His new book is Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism (Simon & Schuster, 2015).


Each day, there will be a 15 minute mid-morning and mid afternoon break, and a one hour lunch break. Registration and Continental Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.

Day 1

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • The SCERTS Model – An overview of the SC, ER & TS components of the model
  • Research Foundation and SCERTS Model Core Values and Guiding Principles
  • Brief Overview of The SCERTS Assessment Process (SAP)
  • Guidelines for linking assessment findings to intervention goals

Day 2

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • The SCERTS Model Practice Principles
  • Developing individualized intervention goals and strategies for children at preverbal and verbal stages of communication in:
    • Social Communication – preverbal, emerging language, language levels
    • Emotional Regulation - interactional and environmental considerations
    • Transactional Supports - use of visual supports, positive behavioral
    • Supports, inclusion challenges/issues/strategies
  • Approaches for supporting parents will be infused throughout the presentation by providing educational and emotional support in all aspects of programming.


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