What is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)?
The Early Start Denver Model, or the ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. Parents look for the best intervention for their child. They look for the right clinic to take there child to. They ask about the best ways to support their child’s development. Eventually, most parents ask about supporting their child’s development at preschool. Let’s look at how the Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, can support children in the preschool.
Why is it important to use the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in preschools?
The preschool environment is where children spend many days each week. This is where there peers are, and this is where they make friends. As the child completes the ESDM program, we see improvements in:
- play skills
- joint attention
- social skills
We also see a decrease in the symptoms of Autism. It is one thing to see these skills in a very nicely controlled clinic environment. However, the preschool environment is the real world and that is where we really want each child to use their skills. Generalisation between environments and people is a key part of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). This means that your child consistently uses all skills that he learns in meow then one place, with more than one person, and across multiple days.
To achieve this generalisation, it is best if a child is supported by the ESDM in the preschool environment. This means that:
- a certified ESDM therapist works with the child in the preschool
- the preschool staff receive some training in ESDM to support a child in preschool
- a certified ESDM therapist coaches a staff member with a child in the preschool
As the ESDM is a naturalistic intervention, it fits well with mainstream preschools. Play-based learning, the development of reciprocal relationships and interactions, the development of communication, and following the child interests and choices also optimise the child’s interest and motivation.
What research supports the use of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in preschools?
Australia leads the research into the use of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in preschool environments. The research is in Victoria and New South Wales. The results from both states were positive. The projects showed superior outcomes in language and cognitive functioning. A research project in Israel showed developmental and adaptive improvements in the preschool setting.
Who delivers the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in preschools?
Certified ESDM therapists deliver the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). In the preschool setting, it can be delivered by staff who have attended training. They are not certified but are trained to deliver the intervention at high levels of fidelity in the group setting.
How do I find out more about the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in preschools?
OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is located in Bondi Junction in Sydney. We train our team of ESDM therapists to the highest levels of fidelity so we can improve children’s lives. To find out more about the Early Start Denver Model, call our clinic on (02) 80657837 or email us.