Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Epstein
At the heart of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is the empirical knowledge-base of infant-toddler learning and development and the effects of early autism. ESDM intervention is typically provided in the home by trained therapists and parents during natural play and daily routines. ESDM is a relationship-based intervention, and involves parents and families. The aim of ESDM is to increase the rate of development in all domains for children with ASD as it simultaneously aims to decrease the symptoms of autism. In particular, this intervention focuses on boosting children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and language skills, as development in these domains is particularly affected by autism. ESDM also uses a data based approach and empirically supported teaching practices that have been found effective from research in applied behavior analysis. ESDM fuses behavioral, relationship-based, developmental, and play-based approaches into an integrated whole that is standardized and yet completely individualized (Wagner & Rogers, 2011).
The Introductory Workshop addresses the main aspects of the ESDM in a one-day didactic. It is designed for attendees from a variety of backgrounds, including professionals, parents, and other interested parties. It is not intended to train providers to fidelity, but is one step in this process. The cost for this one-day workshop is $300 per person (+ service fees). A $50 Early Bird Discount will be applied to tickets purchased before May 22nd.
Participants of this workshop should purchase and read Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement, by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, (ISBN 9781606236314) prior to attending the Introductory ESDM workshop.