The SCERTS Model is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that openly speaks to the core struggles faced by children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their loved ones. The SCERTS Model is an innovative educational model that provides highly detailed guidelines for helping children who have ASDs and other special needs become a highly fluent social communicator while working toward prevention of problem behaviors that interfere with learning and the development of interpersonal relationships.
This model is based on the acronym SCERTS which is the framework for this model of educational approach. SC – social communication is the development of natural and functioning communication skills, emotional expressions, and secure relationships with children and adults. ER – emotional regulation and the development of the ability to cope with everyday stressors in order to be most able to participate in learning and interacting. TS – Transactional Support is the development and usage of supports to help all caregivers respond appropriately to a child’s needs and interests, modify and adapt the environment, and provide tools to enhance learning. Specific plans are also used to provide educational and emotional supports to families and foster a sense of common ground for all caregivers.
While the SCERTS Model is an educational approach created for children with autism spectrum disorder, this framework has been found to be extremely helpful for all children who have special needs and their loved ones. The SCERTS Model focuses upon increasing a child’s ability to communicate using a standard, symbolic system from preverbal to conversational levels of communication. SCERTS also focuses on the development of both self and mutual emotional regulation across the spectrum of care settings. SCERTS focuses upon transactional supports that are designed and implemented across care settings to allow for more successful interpersonal interactions and relationships, and more productive learning experiences at school, home, and community settings. The SCERTS Model understands that each child is different and recognizes the important differences within each child and his or her family unit.