Research that Supports our ESDM Intervention

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Research behind the ESDM

For parents interested in understanding the research behind our Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapy, you’ll be pleased to know that ESDM is backed by extensive scientific studies. ESDM is an evidence-based intervention designed for young children with autism, combining behavioural, relationship and developmental principles to promote language, social, and cognitive skills. Research has shown that children receiving ESDM therapy often make significant gains in IQ, language, and adaptive behaviour, compared to those receiving standard community interventions. The therapy’s effectiveness is supported by rigorous clinical trials and longitudinal studies, underscoring its role in early autism intervention. Below is a comprehensive list of research studies that detail the efficacy and benefits of ESDM intervention:

List of Recent Research That Supports ESDM Intervention

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