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Monday, 28 October 2013

SCERTS Training

Don’t forget to register for SCERTS training!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT to register for the SCERTS training – November 12th-14th.  There are only 22 days left to get your registration in for the event!  You can register on our website at www.childrensautism.ca or you can fill out the form and fax it to (780) 484-9265, or scan it and email it to info@childrensautism.ca.  I have had a few calls with questions so I thought I would include some answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions.
Answers to FAQ:
What time are the sessions and what will be the schedule for the day?
The training sessions go from 8:30-4:30 each day.  Lunch will be from 12-1 on your own.  We will provide a list of restaurants close to the Oasis Conference Centre.  We will have two 15 minute breaks throughout the day.  Therapyware will be there with some resources to sell and the SCERTS manuals will also be available for sale.
Should I go to all 3 days of training?
Depending on your needs, you may want to look at just attending the intro on the 12th, or the full three day training.  The following is a description of the content of the intro vs. the advanced:
Day 1 of this course will introduce the SCERTS model, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational approach designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This model is not exclusive of other treatment approaches and 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 recommended tenets of educational programming.  The model was designed to provide guidelines for helping children progress through the stages of becoming a competent communicator.  It was also designed to provide families and educational teams with the help they may need to feel successful in supporting the child.  Participants of this course will learn how to determine meaningful, purposeful and motivating goals and strategies based on a child’s developmental stage, functional needs, and family priorities.
Day 2 and 3 of this course 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.  Day 2 will begin with the essential priorities for applying the SCERTS assessment in program development, namely writing goals and determining supports (i.e. educational planning).  On Day 3, the formal assessment will be introduced with an emphasis on how to use this 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 ASD and monitor progress over time.
Should my EA at school go to the SCERTS training?
The introduction to SCERTS session on November 12th would be the most applicable to school EA’s.  The session will cover the core values and guiding principles for working with children with autism.  It will also go over Social Communication including joint attention and symbol use goals, Emotional Regulation including how to support regulation in the classroom, and Transactional Supports including specific interpersonal strategies to use when working with children with autism.  Depending on the role of the EA in different settings, the advanced sessions may not be as applicable.
Can I go to just the advanced training and not the intro?
If you have already been to an intro training at another time, you can attend just the advanced session. However it is recommended that you review the SCERTS manuals and your handout from the intro training before you attend so you can get the most out of the training.  If you have not been to the intro training, it is not recommended that you attend just the advanced as it will be difficult for you to follow how to apply the SCERTS principles in programming if you have not been to the intro session.
Can I get continuing education credits for the sessions?
Yes.  We will be providing certificates of attendance that give you the number of hours of training for you to use with your profession’s Continuing Education program.  The session is eligible for ACSLPA Continuing Competency program, ACSWCategory A, and we can provide you with an ASHA Verification of Attendance form to document your Certification Maintenance Hours (19.5 CMH for 3 day training). 
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call!
Terri Duncan MSLP, R.SLP
Executive Director
Children's Autism Services of Edmonton

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