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What Is SCERTS?

Learn what SCERTS is and how it can help a child with autism from pediatrician and child development expert Asma J. Sadiq, M.D. in this Howcast video.

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Another commonly used behavior intervention for children with an autism spectrum diagnosis is caller S.C.E.R.T.S. The acronym S-C-E-R-T-S stands for Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support. The social communication piece is very important, because that is an area that children have difficulty with, particularly in the autism spectrum. So to build on that connectiveness, to build on the social awareness, interaction, engagement, is a very important piece for a child to be able to learn to connect and to basically grow in his school environment as well as natural environment. Emotional regulation comes in from just, if a child has sensory issues, or gets overexcited, or is just not involved, learning becomes an issue, engagement is an issue. So helping these children regulate, and emotionally regulate is very important. A lot of sensory interventions are useful but also behavior and getting children to calm down.

For transactions, the transactional piece is what helps build on relationships and interactions with prompting, with support. And not only just for the child but also the team members need to be able to orchestrate and work together. What the child needs, whether it's a speech pathologist, occupational therapist together with the psychologist, it's a whole combination taking place in the school system. And what I like about this approach is it a bit from everybody, and makes it usable, and it gets to one of the core symptoms. So not just dealing with education but dealing with the social piece, dealing with the internal emotional regulation piece, as well as the transactional piece because the child has to be able to engage with their environment and manipulate the environment and have the environment work with the child as well. And that interaction and that support is very crucial and very beneficial for children with the autism spectrum.

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