Information on the SCERTS model, Autism and Aspergers syndreome - common Autism Spectrum Disorders


SCERTS can be classified as a combined intervention as it blends elements of behavioral and developmental models to better support children on the autism spectrum as they develop.

SCERTS stands for Social-Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support. These are seen as the principal dimensions for intervention planning.


The goal is to address the main deficits observed in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, with a focus on on communication, social relatedness, sensory characteristics and family centered practices. It is not an intervention process within itself, but a model of providing a combination of evidence-based treatments (Prizant et al., 2003).


key components of the SCERTS model

Communication and language deficits

These are addressed through social-pragmatic language therapy, which emphasizes the functional use of pre-verbal and verbal communication skills in natural and semi-structured interactions. The model includes the use of validated and effective strategies to support the use of non-speech communication systems such as picture symbols. Social-pragmatic approaches are now practiced in both contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis programs as well as developmentally-based programs.


Deficits in social relatedness and social-emotional reciprocity

These are addressed through strategies developed as part of the Floor Time approach. The basic premise of Floor Time is that children learn skills from the relationships which they have with their caregivers and other people significant in their lives.


Sensory processing deficits

These are addressed through sensory integration therapy and environmental adaptations and supports. Many children with autism also have motor planning issues affecting daily living skills, which are also addressed.


The SCERT model also emphasizes supporting and educating family members, to best enhance the child's development.


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SCERTS: a combined intervention blending elements of behavioral and developmental models to better support children on the autism spectrum