young children with autism learning imitation skills in the ESDM

Imitation skills in the ESDM

By | ESDM

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) places a significant emphasis on imitation development. It is a core component of the ESDM intervention strategy for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Imitation is a fundamental social learning skill, critical for cognitive and social development. It involves many things. This includes the ability to observe and replicate the actions, behaviours, and expressions of others. It serves as a foundation for more complex social interactions and communication skills. Importance of Imitation in ESDM Imitation is particularly crucial for children with ASD. This is because they often struggle with social communication and observational…

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Occupational Therapy gym in Mascot and Bondi Junction to use ESDM in the community

ESDM in the community

By | ESDM

Using the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in the Community The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a wonderful way to help young children with autism. It uses fun, play-based activities to teach important skills. While ESDM often starts at home, it can also be very effective in the community. Let’s explore how you can use ESDM in different community settings to help children learn and grow. Fun at the Playground Slide and Swing: The playground is a great place to practice ESDM. When your child is on the slide, you can encourage them to say “ready, set, go!” before…

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Children with autism doing exercise in ESDM group in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Exercise and Autism

By | ESDM

The Importance of Exercise for Children with Autism Exercise is important for everyone, but it can be especially beneficial for children with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects communication, behaviour, and social interactions. Exercise can help improve many areas of life for children with autism, including physical health, emotional well-being, and social skills. Let’s dive into why exercise is so important and explore fun ways to get children with autism moving! Physical Health Benefits Improved Fitness: Regular exercise helps children with autism improve their overall fitness. Activities like running, jumping, and swimming strengthen their muscles…

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Children learning to take turns while they play

Learning to take turns

By | Autism, ESDM

Learning to take turns is an essential skill for children. It helps them interact positively with others and is a fundamental part of social development. Taking turns involves waiting patiently and understanding that everyone gets a chance to participate. Taking turns is challenging for many children with social communication issues. Here are some key points about why taking turns is important and how to help children learn this skill. Why Taking Turns is Important Social Skills: Taking turns is a basic social skill that helps children interact with others. It teaches them to be considerate and respectful. When children take…

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ESDM aligns with neurodivergent approach in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Is ESDM Neurodivergent?

By | ESDM

Understanding Neurodivergent Approaches for Children with Autism A neurodivergent approach recognises that people have different kinds of brains and thinking patterns. This means understanding that autism is a natural variation in the human brain and not something that needs to be fixed. Instead of trying to make children with autism fit into a typical mold, a neurodivergent approach supports their unique ways of thinking and learning. Let’s explore what a neurodivergent approach is and how it can help children with autism. What Does Neurodivergent Mean? The term “neurodivergent” includes people whose brains work differently than what is considered typical. This…

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Child and Occupational Therapist sharing joint attention in occupational therapy assessment in Bondi Junction and Mascot

Joint Attention

By | ESDM

Joint attention is when two people focus on the same thing and are aware that they are both paying attention to it. This could be looking at a toy, a book, or an event happening around them. Joint attention is an important part of communication and social development, especially for young children. Why Joint Attention Matters Language Development: When children and adults focus on the same object or event, it creates opportunities for conversation. Adults can label objects, describe actions, and ask questions. This helps children learn new words and understand how to use language. Social Skills: Joint attention helps…

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Social skills in the ESDM

By | ESDM

HOW ESDM builds social skills The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is renowned for its effectiveness in developing social skills among young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Social skills are crucial for successful interactions and relationships. The ESDM‘s comprehensive approach capitalises on the critical period of early brain development in toddlers and pre-schoolers. Clearly, this ensures that social skills are nurtured from an early age and become a part of their everyday life. Key Strategies in the ESDM for Social Skills Development Naturalistic Teaching Approach: ESDM integrates social skill development into everyday activities and play. By embedding learning opportunities…

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Young boy doing fine motor skills in Early STart Denver Model ESDM clinic with Occupational Therapist in Bondi Junction or Mascot.

ESDM and fine motor skills

By | ESDM

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, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists. At our Bondi Junction and Mascot clinic, OnOnOne Children’s Therapy is proud to offer this early intervention to all our families. Let’s look at how the ESDM develops fine motor skills. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What are fine motor…

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Group of children with autism doing the Early Start Denver Model ESDM early intervention in a clinic in Mascot Sydney

ESDM in our Mascot clinic

By | Autism, ESDM

OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is Sydney’s leading Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) clinic. We were the first private ESDM clinic in Sydney have been offering the ESDM from our Bondi Junction for the past 10 years. We are delighted to let everyone know that we will now be offering the ESDM from our Mascot clinic! OneOnOne Children’s Therapy has been operating from Bondi junction where we have 2 amazing clinics. We offer the ESDM in both clinics. However, our larger clinic has the space to allow us to offer the intensive Group ESDM program. Families travel from all over Sydney to…

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Two young children with autism doing the Early Start Denver Model ESDM in an Occupational Therapy gym at Bondi Junction Sydney

ESDM – why choose it?

By | ESDM

When a family gets a diagnosis of autism, they look for intervention immediately. What is the best intervention? Who are the best therapists? How do I make sure therapy helps my child. The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is the primary choice of intervention for families of young children with autism. It is the intervention we use at OneOnOne Children’s Therapy. Why do families choose the ESDM? Research supports the ESDM The ESDM has research behind it to shows that young children with autism improve using this model of intervention. The primary research comes from the University of California (UCLA…

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Two boys with autism and a Certified ESDM Therapist doing the Early Start Denver Model ESDM early intervention in Sydney

ESDM – is it an NDBI?

By | Autism, ESDM

What is an NDBI? It is very challenging for parents to understand the many different interventions that can choose for their child with autism. They have to understand: What the intervention means? How effective it is? What the research says about the model of intervention? Which one is best for their child? There are so many different interventions: ABA, ESDM, NDBI and more. What are Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Interventions (NDBI)? There are so many terms for parents to understand that can also be confusing. The term ‘Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Intervention’ (NDBI) is a newer class of interventions for young children…

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Group of children doing intensive group social skills in Early Start Denver Model ESDM intervention for young children with autism in Sydney.

Intensive ESDM

By | ESDM

When children are diagnosed with autism, the first thing parents want to know is how to help their child. They want to know what therapy to do and how many hours. This is such a complex questions so let’s dive into it! Let’s look at how to get intensive Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) at a cost that is manageable and time efficient. There is no doubt that the evidence shows that higher levels of early intervention lead to better outcomes for children with autism. We also know that early identification and early diagnosis play a key role in outcome….

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