Defining the Early Start Denver Model


The empirical knowledge base of infant-toddler learning and development principles, as well as the detrimental effects of early autism on early development, form the basis of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Interventionists with professional training and parents can conduct ESDM intervention during normal play and daily routines in the home or other care, community, and educational settings. The goal of ESDM is to speed up all areas of development for children with ASD and to lessen the symptoms of autism that prevent kids from learning from their everyday experiences and interactions.

While ESDM covers all areas of development where children lag behind, it primarily concentrates on enhancing children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and language skills because autism has a significant impact on these areas. Research on early childhood learning and development as well as applied behavior analysis are the foundations of intervention approaches.

Because the quality of connections between children and adults has a significant impact on infant-toddler learning, ESDM entails utilizing sensitive, responsive tactics to enhance child learning during regular learning opportunities offered by parents, family members, and others.

Thus, ESDM combines a developmental, play-based, relationship-based approach with the principles of applied behavior analysis to create a cohesive, individualized, and manualized whole: a naturalistic developmental-behavioral intervention (NDBI) that enables step-by-step modifications in a teaching approach based on a specific child’s learning profiles to ensure maximum progress on learning objectives.

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