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Using the SCERTS Framework to guide priorities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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9/6/2019 to 9/7/2019
When: Starts Friday, September 6, 2019
9:00 am
Where: City of Greenwood Village Community Room
6060 S. Quebec Street
Greenwood Village, Colorado  80111
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

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Program Outline

Day 1: Introduction
September 6, 2019
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Day 2: Implementation
September 7, 2019
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Day 3: Assessment (Optional)
September 23 & 25, 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 September 23 & 25, 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.

Download a copy of the full course agenda here



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.


Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L is a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. Currently in private practice, Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. The majority of Amy’s work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families. Her consultative services focus on the creation of educational programs and environments that facilitate children’s active engagement and learning at home, in schools, and throughout their communities. The SCERTS Model, of which she is a coauthor, along with differentiated instruction and developmental theory guide her practice.

Amy is an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. She teaches courses focused on Developmental Psychology. Previously, she has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Communication Disorders Department at Emerson College and at the University of Rhode Island. In these roles, she developed graduate courses focused on preparing clinicians to meet the needs of children with autism, as well as the needs of their families.

Amy’s current research interests involve examining the relationship between characteristics of young children diagnosed with Autism and strategies used by parents to support them within the context of natural routines and play. Her publications focus on social communication and emotional regulation in individuals diagnosed with ASD. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on the SCERTS Model, and other topics related to therapeutic and educational intervention for children with ASD. She is passionate about neurodiversity and helping others to honor and understand the implications of "different ways of being" in relation to navigating the physical and social world. Please visit: https://www.uri.edu/tedx/talks/amy-laurent-rethinking-support-for-autistic-individuals/.

Day 1 Only - Introduction
September 6

Professionals:           $199

Day 1 & Day 2 - Introduction & Implementation
September 6-7

Professionals:           $399

Days 1, 2 & 3 - Introduction, Implementation & Assessment
September 6-7 & Two online evening sessions (Sept. 23 & 25)

Professionals:           $579

Payment Instructions:
If opting to pay by check, payment must be received by August 23, 2019 in order for your registration to be confirmed. If payment is not finalized by August 23, 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

Group Discounts

Register 5 or more participants in a group and automatically receive a discount of 20% off tuition fees!
Use the promotional code SCERTS20 upon checkout to automatically receive the discount on 5 or more registrations. Participants are not required to register at the same rate or for the same program days.

If participants of the group must pay separately, please:

  1. Register all participants together OR separately and select the “Check/Money Order” option
  2. Send the names of all participants in your group to Caraly Walker at caraly.walker@spdstar.org by September 3, 2019.
  3. Once at least 5 registrations are received, the invoices will be adjusted with the discount
  4. Each participant may pay online by credit card or send a check

Groups must be determined and paid in full before the start of the course.


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

STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder is an AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

AOTA continuing education credit awarded:

1-day Course: 5.5 Hours (.55 AOTA CEU)
2-day Course:
11 Hours (1.1 AOTA CEU)

3-day Course: 16.5 Hours (1.65 AOTA CEU)

For Speech Language Pathologists: This course will provide the equivalent of 16 CMH hours or 1.6 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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