Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) - Introductory Workshop in Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) - Introductory Workshop

Children's Hospital Colorado - Developmental Pediatrics

Denver, CO

The Introductory Workshop is no longer offered in Colorado.

UCDavis is offering this workshop online.

If you are interested in attending an ESDM Advanced Workshop in Colorado, please contact us at


for an application


The developers of the ESDM are now offering the official ESDM Introductory Workshop in an online format through UCDavis' Extension program.

The Colorado ESDM Training Committee will continue to offer Advanced Workshops by application at this site, but will no longer be presenting the Introductory Workshop. If you are interested in attending an Advanced Workshop in Colorado, please contact us ESDM@childrenscolorado.org

UC Davis Extension is offering the Early Start Denver Model Introductory Workshop online. Learn about the theoretical and empirical framework, curriculum and teaching principles of the Early Start Denver Model, a developmental, behavioral and relationship-based intervention program for infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 12-60 months. This is a self-paced, independent online course with pre-produced lessons and assessments. Move through the content at your own pace during the six-week period.

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)
At the heart of the 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)

Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement,
by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, ISBN 9781606236314

Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist for Young Children with Autism,
by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, ISBN 9781606236338

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism,
by Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson and Laurie Vismara, ISBN 978-1-60918-470-4

Certification in ESDM  Becoming a certified ESDM Therapist is a multi-step process. We encourage you to review the process - http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/esdm/pdf/certification_steps.pdf


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