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Using the SCERTS Framework to guide priorities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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 Export to Your Calendar 2/22/2019 to 2/23/2019
When: Starts Friday, February 22, 2019
9:00 am
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills Village, Colorado  80113
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker

Online registration is available until: 2/11/2019
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Learning Objectives
Cancellation Policy
Continuing Education

Program Outline

Day 1: Introduction
February 22, 2019
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Day 2: Implementation
February 23, 2019
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Day 3: Assessment (Optional)
March 25 & 27, 2019

This course will introduce the SCERTS Framework: a comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational approach designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This model is not exclusive of other treatment approaches and educational 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. This 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.

On Day 2 of this course, participants will learn how to determine meaningful, purposeful, and motivating goals and strategies based on a child’s developmental stage, functional needs, and family priorities while also determining supports that can be embedded in the natural settings of a child’s life at home, school, or other settings (i.e. educational planning).

Day 3 of this course will be split into two evening sessions and conducted via the web on March 25 & 27, 2019. This section will move toward a more advanced discussion of the use of the SCERTS assessment process to determine developmentally sensible and functional goals, to determine appropriate evidence-based supports, and to monitor progress over time in meaningful, functional contexts. Participants will learn how to use this assessment tool to determine a child’s stage of language acquisition, establish a profile of strengths and areas of need in those areas most impacted by the core challenges of social and emotional learning differences and to monitor progress over time.

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Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP 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.

2 Day Course (February 22-23): $399
February 22-23, 2019

3-Day Course (Includes Day 3 Online over two evenings): $499
February 22-23, 2019
March 25 & 27, 2019 (evening sessions online)

Payment Instructions:
If opting to pay by check, payment must be received by February 8, 2019 in order for your registration to be confirmed. If payment is not finalized by February 8, 2019 your registration may be cancelled.

Please make checks payable to STAR Institute and mail to:

STAR Institute for SPD
5420 S. Quebec Street
Suite 103
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


Who Should Attend
Professionals, service providers, and family members who are seeking an introduction to philosophy and practice in the SCERTS Model OR administrators and researchers who are considering implementing programming consistent with the SCERTS Model philosophy in their school system or agency.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • 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 for children who are before words and using body language, gestures and facial expressions to communicate
  • Adjust programming related to educational objectives and appropriate strategies for children who are at the emerging language stage
  • Adjust programming related to educational objectives and appropriate strategies for children who are at conversational language stages

Download a copy of the full course agenda here


Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum number of participants to run this program. Thus, it is sometimes necessary to change the dates a course is offered or to cancel a course. Participants are contacted at the earliest opportunity in the event of a scheduling change or cancellation. However, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone up to 5 weeks before the beginning of each course. Please consider this when making any non-refundable travel arrangements for the live portion of the program. If the program must be cancelled, all tuition payments will be refunded.

The tuition less $50 will be refunded if STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation at least 30 business days prior to the program start date. The full tuition will be charged to participants who cancel 29 business days or less before the program start or fail to appear for the program.


Continuing Education

This course is not currently approved for Continuing Education Units/Credits, however a Certificate of Attendance will be provided to those who complete the program. STAR is currently seeking AOTA approval for this course.

For Speech Language Pathologists: This course will provide the equivalent of 18 CMH hours or 1.8 ASHA CEUS.  Participants will be provided with certificates of attendance which can be submitted with their CMH form to the ASHA CEU registry.

Use the Certification Maintenance Compliance Form to provide verification of completion of the certification maintenance requirement for maintaining your certification.

More information can be found at: https://www.asha.org/Certification/Certification-Maintenance-Frequently-Asked-Questions--General-Information/

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