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Dr. Barry Prizant, PresenceLearning Webinar Presenter

Emily Rubin, PresenceLearning Webinar Presenter

Amy Laurent, PresenceLearning Webinar Presenter

With growing concerns about behavior issues that disrupt the learning environment, educators are seeking new evidence-based strategies to help students with challenges in social communication and emotional regulation. This webinar is an overview of The SCERTS Model, which helps create positive school climates. SCERTS prioritizes developmental areas of Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support — critical foundations for student success — socially and academically — while preventing problem behavior. Strategies utilizing a team approach will be provided that optimize school success for students, and that integrate knowledge and practice from a variety of disciplines.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is the Director of Childhood Communication Services and Adjunct Professor at Brown University.

Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA, an NIH Autism Center for Excellence and an academic affiliate of Emory University.


Amy Laurent, Ed.M, OTR/L, is the co-author of the SCERTS model and an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island and for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College.

Learning Outcomes
After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the domains and curriculum components of the SCERTS Model.
  • Utilize student objectives in social communication and emotional regulation that support learning and prevent problem behavior.
  • Apply transactional support strategies that support learning and prevent problem behavior.
Social Communication + Emotional Regulation:
An Environment for School Success

Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Barry Prizant receives an honorarium for this webinar from PresenceLearning. Dr. Prizant is the co-author and receives royalties from Brookes Publishing, Inc. for sales of "The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders”, and receives royalties from Simon & Schuster for sales of his book Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism.

Emily Rubin receives an honorarium for this webinar from PresenceLearning. Ms. Rubin is the co-author and receives royalties from Brookes Publishing, Inc. for sales of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Amy Laurent receives an honorarium for this webinar from PresenceLearning. Ms. Laurent is the co-author and receives royalties from Brookes Publishing, Inc. for sales of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Nonfinancial Disclosure:
Dr. Barry Prizant is an Editorial consultant for five professional journals for which he receives no financial compensation.

Emily Rubin has served as an advisory member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s ad hoc committee on Autism Spectrum Disorder for which she receives no financial compensation

No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists for Amy Laurent.

Content Disclosure:
Dr. Barry Prizant, Emily Rubin, and Amy Laurent have co-authored and own a copyright for the Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support (SCERTS) Model. Because there are no other like-kind methods available, this course offering will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named method. This presentation will focus exclusively on the SCERTS Model and will not include information on other similar or related educational models.

This webinar is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Time-ordered Agenda (90 minutes) *All times Eastern time

  • 1:00 - 1:05pm Welcome, context and relevance of positive behavior instructional supports like SCERTS
  • 1:05 - 1:20pm Compliance-focused special education: A historical perspective
  • 1:20 - 1:25pm Understanding the SCERTS model: its domains, components and core values
  • 1:25 - 1:45pm Describing the domains of social neurological development and communication, emotional regulation and transactional support
  • 1:45 - 2:00pm Recognizing SCERTS at work: examples of implementation for young children with ASD
  • 2:00 - 2:05pm Wrap up summary and key takeaways
  • 2:05 - 2:25pm Audience questions and answers
  • 2:25 - 2:30pm Wrap Up: Additional Resources