Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 11, pp 3794–3807 | Cite as

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

  • Lu Yu
  • Xiaoqin Zhu


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.


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



This research is financially supported by Ai You (Hong Kong) Foundation for a project at Heep Hong Society, Hong Kong. We also thank colleagues of Heep Hong Society, especially Mr. Peter Au Yeung, Ms. Yvonne Lai, and Ms. Chi Man Lui, for helping conduct data collection.

Author Contributions

LY designed the evaluative research project and monitored the whole evaluative study. LY and XZ contributed to the data interpretation of the work and drafted the paper. Both authors approve of the final version of the manuscript and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Lu Yu declares that she has no conflict of interest. Xiaoqin Zhu declares that she has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Social SciencesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongPeople’s Republic of China

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