Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) - Introductory Workshop
Children's Hospital Colorado - Developmental Pediatrics
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.
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