Helping square pegs fit into round holes by cherishing and valuing the square pegs whilst expanding the round holes until they fit.
SCERTS® is an innovative educational model for working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. It provides specific guidelines for helping a child become a competent and confident social communicator, while preventing problem behaviors that interfere with learning and the development of relationships. It also is designed to help families, educators and therapists work cooperatively as a team, in a carefully coordinated manner, to maximize progress in supporting a child.
The acronym “SCERTS” refers to the focus on:
“Sc” – Social Communication — the development of spontaneous, functional communication, emotional expression, and secure and trusting relationships with children and adults;
“ER” – Emotional Regulation — the development of the ability to maintain a well-regulated emotional state to cope with everyday stress, and to be most available for learning and interacting;
"TS"— Transactional Support— the development and implementation of supports to help partners respond to the child’s needs and interests, modify and adapt the environment, and provide tools to enhance learning (e.g., picture communication, written schedules, and sensory supports). Specific plans are also developed to provide educational and emotional support to families, and to foster teamwork among professionals.
Autism school support can be provided by a DBS checked Autism Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant.
Autism friendly classroom audit, as well as providing practical advice to make the learning environment more inclusive.
Skilling up existing teaching staff in best practice when supporting a child 1:1, to prevent the child becoming over dependent on the adult.
Observations to look for trigger points that could be the antecedent to unwanted behaviours. Practical advice to reduce them.
Practical support in creating accessible learning resources, provide lesson plans and have the work adapted to meet the needs of the child, and meet the learning objectives of the lesson.
Support to train staff in the school setting working with a particular child, best use of spoken language and body language to get the best from the child.
Practical support in the form of assisting with SEN paperwork needed to apply for funding or an EHCP. Giving advice as to the best types of documentation needed. AIW currently has a 100% success rate for gaining EHCP and top up funding assessments.
Can set up parent meetings, one to one or as a group, so parents can have a positive link to the school and a place to share their concerns without having to take up valuable teaching time.
If the type of autism support your school requires is not listed please do get in touch and we will try to accommodate your needs or point you on the direction of someone who can help.