The Positive Effects Of The Early Start Denver Model

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The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a comprehensive behavioral early intervention approach for children on the autism spectrum, ages 12 to 48 months. The program includes a developmental curriculum that defines the core list of skills to be taught at any given time and a set of teaching procedures used to effectively deliver the necessary content. It is not tied to a specific delivery setting (eg. a classroom or doctor’s office), but can be administered by therapy teams (along with parents) in group programs or individual therapy sessions in a professional clinic or at home.

The ESDM early intervention program integrates a relationship-focused developmental model incorporating the teachings of Applied Behavior Analysis(or ABA). The core features of the ESDM include:

• Naturalistic applied behavioral analysis
• Shared engagement with joint activities to promote social integration
• Focus on interpersonal exchanges
• Deep parental involvement
• Teaching language and communication in a positive, affect-based relationship

Who benefits from ESDM?

The Early Start Denver Model is the sole early intervention model that has been validated in a randomized clinical trial and approved for use with children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) across a large range of abilities and learning styles.

A trial published in the journal Pediatrics demonstrated that children who received ESDM therapy for 20 hours a week (which included a breakdown of 15 hours by trained therapists mixed with 5 hours by parents) over a span of 2-years showed greater improvement in cognitive and language abilities as well as adaptive behavior with fewer autism symptoms than did children referred for intervention therapy commonly available in their communities.

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Who is qualified to provide ESDM?

An ESDM therapist may be anoccupational therapist, a psychologist, a speech and language pathologist, a behaviorist, an early intervention specialist, or a developmental pediatrician. The important thing is that they have ESDM training and the proper certification.

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area and would like to find a clinic specializing in ESDM intervention, consider Simone Friedman SLS, a Toronto speech therapy clinic offering a very popular S.T.A.R. program. The Social Trans-disciplinary Autism Routine runs 4 days per week for ages 18 months through to Senior Kindergarten.

Included in the STAR Programming:

• 1 hour of 1:1 ABA therapy with an Instructor Therapistper STAR session
• 3 hours of ABA therapy addressing each child’s individual ESDM goals within a comfortable, social setting
• All Materials
• Personal Independence (General, Toileting, Hygiene, Chores)
• Outdoor Play
• Targeting of many ESDM Goals including Receptive Communication, Expressive Communication, Social Skills, Cognition, Fine and Gross Motor, and more.

The “S.T.A.R. School” offers a full day, evidence-based program run at the downtown Toronto clinic every day, from Tuesday to Friday.The program is led by an ESDM trained Senior Speech-Language Pathologist with 15 years of Paediatric Speech Therapy experience, with support from an Occupational Therapist, an ABA specialist as well as a Communicative Disorders Assistant. If you’d like to learn more, find Simone Friedman SLS online today.

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