The League School of Greater Boston Becomes First Private Massachusetts School to Adopt Innovative SCERTS® Model Enhances Team and Family-Oriented Approach to Further Positive Outcomes

The League School of Greater Boston, one of the first U.S. schools to serve students with autism, has become the first private school in Massachusetts to adopt the SCERTS® Model. Continuing its pioneering approach, the League School of Greater Boston, one of the first U.S. schools to serve students with autism, has become the first private school in Massachusetts to adopt the SCERTS® Model. This fall, the League School began integrating the SCERTS educational approach into its programs for students with autism and Asperger’s syndrome to enrich its teaching practices through advanced development of social communications and emotional regulation, enhanced team integration, stronger family involvement and comprehensive outcome measurement. What Is SCERTS? The SCERTS Model (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent and Rydell, 2006) is a research-based multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges people with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities, and their families, face. It provides a comprehensive approach to effectively support students in different social environments by prioritizing goals in social communication, emotional regulation, and interpersonal and learning support, as well as support to families (“transactional support”). The model involves a carefully coordinated multidisciplinary approach to assessment and educational programming that includes educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior therapists. The SCERTS curriculum provides a systematic method that ensures that specific skills and appropriate supports, stated as educational objectives, are selected and applied in a consistent manner across a student’s day. This process allows families and educational teams to draw from a wide range of effective practices that build on the students’ existing knowledge and abilities to provide an effective program to address the core challenges...