Early Start Denver Model Workshops

Anyone interesting in information on future ESDM Trainings, please contact Marcella Bello at mab9254@med.cornell.edu

The Early Start Denver Model is a model of intervention for young toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, developed by Sally Rogers, Ph.D., and Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. It is a comprehensive approach that combines ABA teaching principles with a relationship-based approach. In this way, ESDM combines the science of learning with developmentally-appropriate ways of interacting with very young children. Shared enjoyment and smiles are a large part of the model.

ESDM can be used in almost any setting, including home-based and clinic-based settings, delivered by parents and by interventionists including special educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and behavior analysts and interventionists. Parents are an integral part of their child's program, right from the start, and parent priorities and values are at the core of the child's intervention program.

The skills taught in the ESDM are targeted in developmental sequence. The curriculum is comprehensive and covers all areas of development, including communication, social skills, play, fine and gross motor, and personal independence. Learning opportunities are embedded within naturally occurring activities. Teaching happens inside play-based activities, using toys and activities such as playing with a puzzle or singing songs. Teaching also takes place during natural routines such as snack time and caregiving activities.

The ESDM Introductory Workshop is a full-day workshop including lecture and video examples. This overview of the model includes the origins of the intervention and empirical support, assessment and program writing/development, and application of the teaching practices.

The ESDM Advanced Workshop focuses on training service providers to deliver the ESDM intervention in a 3-day hands-on workshop format, including hands-on practice with a child with ASD. Trainees must complete participation in the Introductory Workshop before participating in the Advanced Workshop (past or concurrent enrollment). Participants work in small groups to gain experience delivering the ESDM Curriculum Checklist with a child with ASD, writing objectives and creating a data system for the child, and then delivering intervention to the child. Trainees receive feedback on their fidelity and practice taking data. Following the 3-day workshop, there is a certification process. Advanced trainees submit follow-up materials including video examples of intervention and their written intervention programs.

For more information about the ESDM certification process, please see: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/esdm/certification.html

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the CADB Autism Training Staff at autismtraining@nyp.org

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