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Diagnose autism early because they don’t ‘grow out of it’

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Time and time again, families ring our clinic when they get a diagnosis of autism for their child and they are devastated. Firstly, they have to cope with the diagnosis of autism. However, the parents are disappointed and angry because the diagnosis took so long. It is really important to understand that children don’t grow out of autism. Above all, early diagnosis and intervention is key. What does the research say about early diagnosis? Research shows that early identification autism leads to the best outcomes for children and their families. Early intervention leads to better language skills, cognitive skills and…

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A puzzle is never just a puzzle in the ESDM

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Why is the ESDM different? In the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), children learn through active engagement in an activity. It is so much more than achieving the cognitive goal of matching the puzzle piece to the correct part of the puzzle. It is more than developing the fine motor skill of getting the puzzle into place. In the ESDM, every activity focuses around play. We target multiple goals and objectives across all areas of the child’s development in every activity. In an activity such as a puzzle, the Certified ESDM Therapist will also be targeting goals in the following…

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How we monitor your child’s progress in the ESDM

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Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Early intervention is key to helping children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. It is delivered by certified ESDM therapist and we are proud to offer this early intervention to our families. Choosing an intervention for your child Now that you have chosen the intervention for your child with autism, understanding the goals for each intervention is the next step. The intervention that you choose for your child should have very clear: goals and objectives method to record of your child’s progress system…

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ESDM vs ABA – what’s the difference?

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Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Early intervention is key to helping children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. Certified ESDM therapists deliver the ESDM and we are proud to offer this early intervention to our families. What are ESDM and ABA? The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) are interventions for children with autism. Why is it important to understand the differences between ESDM and ABA? There are been a rapid increase in the diagnosis of autism. In Australia, the rate of diagnosis is…

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The Early Start Denver Model – having fun while learning!

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The ESDM makes learning fun It comes as no surprise to anybody when I say that children learn best when they are having fun. The question is ‘Why do they learn better when they are having fun?’. They learn better for many reasons, and a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist is able to get a child to the this point many times during a session so that many learning opportunities occur. How does the ESDM do this? • Planning the toys or activities before the session starts • Having motivating toys available in the room so the child…

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Estelle’s journey with autism and the ESDM

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Background Estelle is five years old and  lives at home with her parents and younger sister. She loves to get dressed in pink summery dresses. She spends hours playing with her dolls house and drawing. One of her favourite activities is baking cupcakes with her Mum. Estelle has a cheeky sense of humour and spends a lot of time laughing. Estelle is one of 1 in 100 people in Australia who have autism. Initial concerns Estelle ‘s parents became concerned when she was 18 months old. She wasn’t wasn’t talking and her parents found it hard to interact with her….

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Learning to make friends – your child’s role in play

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Is play that important? One of the things our Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Certified ESDM Therapists hear constantly is a parents’ wish for their child to make friends – “I just want him to have some friends”. Learning to play with your friends is quite a complex skill. Children need to listen to what their friends say and understand what they say. They need to talk back or gesture back to their friends. There are lots of social rules that they learn as they make friends. It’s complicated! However, when children learn to play they also: Learn problem solving…

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Lisa’s journey with autism and the ESDM

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Background Lisa is four years old and lives with her parents. She loves dinosaurs and riding her bike. Her and her Mum travel around Sydney on public transport and the trains are her favourite. She always takes book with her wherever she goes, even on the trains. Lisa is one of the 1 in 100 people in Australia who has autism. Initial concerns Lisa’a parents knew by the age of 2.5 years that their daughter was behind other children with her talking. They weren’t too concerned. They knew that children don’t all develop in the same way. Lisa went to day…

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Matt’s journey with autism and the ESDM

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Background Matt is five years old and he starts school next year. He lives at home with his mother, father and older brother. He loves trains, trucks and farm animals. His favourite TV show is Peppa Pig. Max is one of the 1 in 100 people in Australia living with autism. Initial concerns Matt’s parents were concerned that their son was not talking by the age of two years. He wasn’t using words and had no real way of communicating. He didn’t seem to listen to them when they talked to him. Matt didn’t show any interest in toys except…

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Autism intervention for babies under 12 months of age

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Over the past 12 months we have had a rapid increase in referrals to our clinic. What is so unusual about these referrals? They are babies all under the age of 12 months! What were they referred for? The were referred because the babies showed the early signs of autism. In fact, most of the referrals have been for babies aged 6-9 months. How do you diagnose autism in babies? We don’t actually diagnose babies with autism. Paediatricians and other professionals use the term ‘red flags for autism’. This means that there are some early signs of autism. Research shows…

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The ESDM and Play Skills

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Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Early intervention is key to helping children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. It is delivered by our certified ESDM therapists. At our Sydney clinic, OnOnOne Children’s Therapy is proud to offer this early intervention to all our families. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What is imitation? Imitation is the ability to copy what others do. When children copy what others do they learn skill. Imitation…

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The ESDM and Joint Attention

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Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Early intervention is key to helping children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. It is delivered by our certified ESDM therapists. At our Sydney clinic, OnOnOne Children’s Therapy is proud to offer this early intervention to all our families. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What is joint attention? Joint attention is a social communicative skill that begins very early in life. Joint attention is the development…

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