SCERTS is an intervention model that combines techniques from a number of interventions to create individualised programs for children with autism. Techniques may be drawn from established interventions such as LEAP, TEACCH, DIR®/Floortime™, RDI, Hanen, and Social Stories® (link to each). Parents and therapists design individualised programs collaboratively. Therapists are specifically trained to provide this service and to learn which elements of the other interventions to use.
- Supporting Evidence/ Likely treatment success
- Individual techniques used in treatment have been validated by research, but overall effect of using this intervention method has not been rated.
- Link to more information
- Video presentation by Dr Barry Prizant, co-developer of the SCERTS program, explaining the program in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srJ2BnR-Qp8
Number of participation hours required each week
|Notes: May vary depending on individual assessment of needs, however it is likely that strategies incorporated into the program will need to be regularly monitored and reinforced each week in order to be effective.|
Cost of intervention per week
|$0-$30||$30 – $80||$80 – $100||$100 – $120||$120 +|
Varies upon individual assessment of needs, however costs will include therapist fees during the initial assessment phase.
Home, Clinic, or both?
|Home-based||Clinic or centre-based||Both or it doesn’t matter.|
|Notes: Therapy environment will be dependant upon strategies chosen.|
|Possible pros of this intervention||Possible cons of this intervention|
|Parents are involved in initial assessment, goal setting and therapy activities.
Can use the most effective and relevant elements of a number of autism interventions.
|Requires the coordination and collaboration of different professionals (speech therapist, OT, psychologist) familiar with this model and the different interventions which may be incorporated.|