Early Start Denver Model

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Early Start Denver Model Introductory Workshop

Presented by: Rachael Riethman

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for very young children with autism. ESDM is a play-based intervention that fuses behavioral and developmental principles into an integrated approach. ESDM can be implemented in different natural settings such as the home or the daycare/preschool by trained therapists as well as parents within play and daily routines. ESDM aims to reduce the symptoms of autism and target all developmental areas.

Visit the MIND Institute for additional information: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/esdm/

Introductory Workshop overview:

Learn about the background, principles, assessment, data, and intervention procedures of the ESDM.

  • Administer and complete a developmental assessment of children’s skill levels
  • Develop individualized, developmentally-appropriate teaching objectives
  • Implement the ESDM teaching practices and fidelity system to evaluate technique use
  • Maintain data systems and address poor or limited child progress, when needed

Early Start Denver Model Advanced Workshop

Presented by: Rachael Riethman

Graduates of the Introductory Workshop will learn how to carry out ongoing therapy using the ESDM. Teams of 3-5 professionals will be grouped together to receive direct practice with children with ASD and supervision with implementing an ESDM intervention program. Coaching and feedback will be provided on how to generate and embed a developmentally-appropriate teaching curriculum into naturalistic routines for young children with ASD.

Topics include how to:

  • Use the curriculum for evaluating a child’s skill level across developmental domains
  • Build quarterly objectives and data systems and address poor or limited child progress when needed · Teach developmental objectives embedded inside naturalistic play routines
  • Self-evaluate technique use of intervention strategies.

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