What is a certified ESDM Therapist?

By May 11, 2018 July 19th, 2020 ESDM

What is the ESDM?

Professor Sally Rogers and her colleagues developed the ESDM at the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California, Davis, in Sacramento, USA. The ESDM is a set of specific strategies that Certified ESDM Therapists and parents/caregivers use to work with young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is used in a natural learning environment. The ESDM is based on scientific evidence about how young children develop and learn. In addition, it takes into account the way that ASD affects early development and learning. This also includes the best ways to teach young children. In fact, the ESDM showed that most children with an ASD show significant improvements in cognitive and adaptive behaviours after the ESDM. Another key point, parents or caregivers can learn to apply the ESDM at home.  As a result, the child learns faster. This means better outcomes for the child.

Who delivers the ESDM?

To deliver the ESDM, the therapist must have completed the ESDM training. After that, they spend 6-12 months of intensive training to meet the ESDM fidelity expectations. Therapists have to submit a series of videos to prove that they can deliver the ESDM. Certified ESDM Therapists must have an allied health qualification. They must also be Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists or Psychologists. This means that they have the knowledge to understand the child and develop a program to target all areas of development.

How do I find Certified ESDM Therapists?

There is a list of certified ESDM therapists on the MIND website. Is your therapist is not on this list, then they are not certified in the ESDM.

Who does ESDM in Sydney?

OneOnOne Children’s Therapy chose the ESDM as their intervention for young children with autism, This is because it has an evidence base. It also requires a qualification such as Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy so the therapist has the knowledge to deliver the intervention. If you are interested in knowing more about the ESDM then call our Bondi Junction clinic in Sydney on (02) 80657837.