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

Denver, Colorado

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) - Introductory Workshop

Children's Hospital Colorado - Child Development Unit - Aurora, CO

NOTE: This website is to register to attend the one-day in person Introductory Workshop in Colorado. If you are looking for the online course, please go to the UCDavis website below.

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

Denver, Colorado
United States

We wanted to apprise you of a change to the official ESDM Training courses that occurred last week.

The developers of the ESDM have made the decision to offer the official ESDM Introductory Workshop in an online format through UCDavis' Extension program going forward. (See information below)
The Colorado ESDM Training Committee has, however, been granted permission to hold the official ESDM Introductory Workshop already scheduled for April 18, 2016. This workshop will be held and will 'count' toward the certification process just as it has in the past. This will be the last Introductory Workshop we hold in CO in this format. We will continue to offer Advanced Workshops by application at this site.
We would still welcome your attendance at the Introductory Workshop with us in April, but wanted to apprise you of this new opportunity to take the course on-line instead.

NOTE: This website is to register to attend the one-day in person Introductory Workshop in Colorado. If you are looking for the online course, please go to the website below.
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. For questions, please contact Jacalyne Adkins at 530-757-8993 or healthinfo@ucdavis.edu.

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 978-1-4625-0389-6 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-60918-470-4 (paperback)

While the Introductory Workshop offered here may be helpful for individuals from a variety of backgrounds who wish to obtain more detailed information about ESDM, providers may wish to pursue additional training to obtain certification in the model.

Certification in ESDM
Becoming a certified ESDM Therapist is a multi-step process. We encourage you to review the process here and with the developers of the training procedures at the MIND Institute in California.

The following steps are intended for professionals interested in becoming certified in the ESDM and who: work regularly with 12-48 month aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); have educational degrees beyond a bachelor’s or the academic equivalent from their country of origin (e.g., MA, Ph.D., MFT, SLP, OT); work as part of an interdisciplinary team (e.g., general/special education teacher, developmental/clinical psychologist, SLP, OT, behavior analyst); have read the ESDM Manual and can bring their own copy to the workshops; have completed each training step (defined below) before advancing to the next; and have the resources to submit training materials, including videotapes, (immediately after the Advanced Workshop is complete) to our center for fidelity review.

The first step in the training process is to read the published ESDM materials (references above).  After reading the manual, there are two levels of workshops available for training in the ESDM (Introductory and Advanced). Enrollment in the Introductory and Advanced Workshops may be done concurrently.

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 current cost for this one-day workshop at this site in Colorado is $300 per person (+ service fees).

The Advanced Workshop involves 3 days of experiential learning. It is available by application only to professionals meeting the prerequisites above, and who have read the manual and completed the Introductory Workshop.  It is the next step in working toward certification as an ESDM therapist, but will not, by itself, provide certification. The Advanced Workshop includes interactive sessions with children with ASD during which professionals practice, in groups of 3-5 providers, implementing the full model with live supervision. Space is limited and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.  Please contact us at ESDM@childrenscolorado.org to request an application and additional information regarding the certification process. The current cost for this three-day workshop at this site in Colorado is $1500 per provider.

Finally, in order to become a certified ESDM therapist, professionals are required to submit materials that demonstrate their competency in the ESDM immediately following the Advanced Workshop.  Supervision is provided on all aspects of the model, and materials will be coded for fidelity to the model. Professionals are expected to submit these materials to their trainer in a timely manner (with the first submission occurring within the weeks following Advanced Workshop attendance). All steps in the certification process are expected to be completed within 6-12 months. Adherence to the timeline is required in order to continue in this process. There are three rounds of fidelity submissions which include paperwork and videotapes of the provider utilizing the ESDM with children with ASD. Additional submissions may be required if the provider does not meet fidelity at each of the stages. Providers may not be allowed to continue in the program if timelines or fidelity are not met. Please contact us for detailed information regarding the fidelity process. The current cost for the fidelity submissions at this site in Colorado is $2000 per provider.

Training to become an ESDM certified trainer is offered only through the UC Davis MIND Institute


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    Registration Fees
    • The charge for this full-day workshop is $300 + service fees.
    • Fees are payable by credit card or check.
    • Registration is through this website.
    • Limited seating is available.
    • Registrations will be taken in the order in which they are received.
    • We are unable to accept on-site registrations.
    • Registration Deadline: 2 weeks prior to the event.

    Cancellation/Refund Policy
    A refund will be granted if requested 2 weeks prior to the workshop. No refunds will be granted after this date or for non-attendance, although you may send a substitute. Please note that all service fees are nonrefundable.

    The Committee reserves the right to modify the agenda content while keeping consistent the time and content requirements for CEUs. This event may be cancelled if minimum acceptable registration is not attained two weeks prior to the event, with a full refund to participants.

    Advanced Workshop & Certification
    Providers interested in attending the Advanced Workshop and completing fidelity certification should contact the Colorado ESDM Training Committee at ESDM@childrenscolorado.org or call Mela Barrios at 720-777-6631 for further information.

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