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. Let’s take a deeper look at the ESDM and play skills. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What is play? Play is the ability to play with toys…

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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. Let’s look at the critical skill of joint attention in the ESDM. 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 in the ESDM? Joint attention is…

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The ESDM and Imitation

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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. Let’s look at how the ESDM develops imitation skills. 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…

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ESDM and Expressive Communication

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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. Let’s look at how the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) develops expressive language skills. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What is expressive communication in the ESDM? Expressive…

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ESDM and Receptive Communication

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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. Let’s look at how the ESDM develops receptive communication skills. This series of posts will help parents understand how the ESDM improves the features of autism so children can grow and learn. What is receptive communication in the ESDM? Receptive communication is the ability…

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Managing tantrums in the ESDM

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Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Tantrums are one of the big challenges for children with autism. Early intervention is key to improving behaviour 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. Let’s look at how the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) manages and improves behaviour and tantrums. The concept behind tantrum behaviour in the ESDM is very simple Don’t reinforce the behaviour that the child uses while they are having…

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The Early Start Denver Model is best practice

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The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based intervention. Importantly, it is best practice in early intervention according to the National Research Council (2001) guidelines: Firstly, this intervention starts early in life. It is for children between the ages of 2-5 years. Children as young as 6 months do the program. The ESDM improves the outcomes of children with autism. Therapists and parents use the program across the child’s whole day. The Certified ESDM Therapists use it during individual and group programs. Parents use it during the child’s everyday routines. The ESDM is easy to incorporate into daily routines….

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What are the early signs of autism?

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The early signs of autism can vary significantly from child to child. It is important to understand the early signs of autism. What is important to know is that all children who have an autism spectrum disorder will have some level of difficulty in three three key areas. What are the three key areas of difficulty in autism? Using verbal and non-verbal communication Socialising and interacting with people around them Having repetitive and restricted interest and behaviours We can detect the early signs of autism in children as young as six months. However, most children are not diagnosed until they are…

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Early Start Denver Model research

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Who developed the Early Start Denver Model? Professor Sally Rogers and her colleagues developed the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) over a 30-year period. The ESDM is a comprehensive intervention for young children with autism. Professor Rogers’ groundbreaking research at the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California pioneered the intervention and it was adopted around the world. Let’s look at the research that supports the Early Start Denver Model. What is the Early Start Denver Model? Firstly, the ESDM is a set of specific strategies that professionals, and parents or caregivers, use to work with young children with an…

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Speech Pathology and the ESDM?

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Do I need ESDM and Speech Pathology? Parents are confused and often overwhelmed when their child gets a diagnosis of autism. Then they deal with the worry and grief over the diagnosis. It days and weeks to work out what interventions are going to be the best for their child. We field lots of phone calls from parents every week. One of the questions parents always ask is, “Do I need Speech Pathology and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)?” Parents sift through the minefield of interventions that are available. They spend hours trying to work out what combination of…

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Early Start Denver Model assessment

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WHAT IS THE EARLY START DENVER MODEL ASSESSMENT? The assessment in the Early Start Denver Model is a critical part of a child’s program. We use the assessment as the basis of the program that each child will have for the next 10 weeks. Certified ESDM Therapists use the assessment to individualise the program. They use the skills that the child has already learned and develop the next set of skills that the child needs to learn. We use the Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist during the assessment. This is a play based assessment where the therapist provides play…

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Best practice for young children with autism

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What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder, which affects a child’s social learning from the very early stages of life. Children with autism are less likely to observe and imitate others, to seek out and play with peers, to initiate social and communicative interactions. As a result, it is hard to respond to social initiations directed to them.  Unusual and repetitive behaviours emerge in the second year of life. This can be seen in difficulties with changes, wanting to stick to the same routines, and using unusual repetitive actions with their body or objects. Autism impacts many…

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