The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a behavioral therapy for children with autism between the ages of 12-48 months and based on successful methods in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
The main goal of ESDM is to use play as a method of having fun and building positive relationships. The approach is to construct play and interactive activities with others. Giving children with Autism the platform in which to boost language, social, and cognitive skills.
Although ESDM therapy may be used in a variety of settings it is mainly administered in-home, at a clinic, or in a school environment. ESDM therapy has been responsible for rapid progress in a childrens’ social, language, and cognitive skills. And, has proved to be effective for children with various learning styles.
What makes ESDM different?
Similar to other therapies, therapists working with the child must have specific training and certification in ESDM. These therapists include: Behavior specialists (BCBA), Occupational therapists, and Speech Language pathologists. However, ESDM allows for parents to play a much greater role in the development of the child. Parents are able to work extensively with a certified professional to successfully administer best practices.
Does ESDM Work?
There have been several studies that indicate the large impact ESDM therapy has on a child with Autism. EDSM has been regarded by TIME magazine as one of the “Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2012.” This evidence-based approach has been shown to reduce signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and can be used for children as young as 12 months.
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