Effectiveness of a SCERTS Model-Based Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Hong Kong: A Pilot Study

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A SCERTS model-based intervention with different durations (5-month vs. 10-month) was provided to 122 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (age = 53.43 ± 9.05 months) in Hong Kong. Before and after the intervention, the children were assessed with the Chinese Psychoeducational Profile-Third Edition (CPEP-3) and the Developmental Assessment Chart (DAC). Educators and parents expressed their views toward the intervention in focus groups. Results showed that participating children improved significantly in their social communication and emotional behavior after the intervention, as measured by DAC and CPEP-3. Likewise, educators and parents had positive views toward the intervention and noted the children’s improvement. The results suggest that a SCERTS model-based intervention can improve social communication, emotional regulation, and other skills in children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3794-3807
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Chinese children with ASD
  • Evaluation
  • Focus group
  • Quasi-experiment
  • SCERTS model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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