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Early Start Denver Model


The ESDM is an early intervention approach specifically developed for children between the ages of 12 and 48 months with or showing signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The ESDM:

  • Is based on the understanding of early childhood learning and development.
  • Uses everyday routines and play activities to create positive interactions.
  • Uses the teaching principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA).

The ESDM can be implemented in everyday settings by trained therapists and parents to build positive and fun relationships. The ESDM “seeks to empower children with ASD to become active participants in the world, initiating interactions with other people.” (ESDM Manual).

It was developed by Dr. Sally Rogers and Dr. Geraldine Dawson. For more information, https://www.esdm.co/

The next ESDM Advanced Workshop is planned for the Spring of 2023.  To add your name to the list, please “CONTACT US”.  

Are you interested in hosting a workshop for your staff?  

Take the ESDM Advance Workshop by remote delivery.

ESDM Advanced Workshop  Fall 2020

Participants from Vancouver Island, Canada

May 2021
ESDM Advanced Workshop May-June 2021.
Participants from USA, Brazil, & United Arab Emirates

ESDM Advanced Workshop Oct-Nov 2021

ESDM Advanced Workshop  Fall 2021

Participants from Greece, Switzerland, USA, and Canada

“As an ESDM Supervisor, Mary challenged me to explore my client’s abilities more in depth than I had before.  The ESDM model and Mary’s supervision radically changed my perspective towards Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Interventions.  Mary shared her love for the ESDM and I truly enjoyed the various perspectives she offered me.  She challenged me to push myself clinically and I am a stronger clinician for it.  I am able to use what Mary and I discussed in my practice everyday and have seen the wonderful results with clients.”                                                                                                                                                                 

Holly Adair-Simpson, BCBA

Parent Coaching

Parent coaching is a unique partnership between an early intervention provider and parent. The early intervention provider or coach has specific knowledge and understanding of child development and teaching strategies. The parent is motivated to support their child’s learning and has a thorough understanding of their family’s daily routines and child’s interests. Together they engage in a systematic process to develop ways to support a child’s learning and development through everyday parent-child interactions and play routines.


For more about the Early Start Denver Model and other intervention approaches for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, check out these on-line resources:

Interacting with Autism | Early Start Denver Model | Autism Community Training 

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