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The Early Start Denver Model

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a data-based, social-developmental model of intervention designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 12-60 months of age. This intervention method targets specific domains that are affected by ASD including social-emotional, cognitive, motor, language and play development.

The Early Start Denver Model incorporates the knowledge of how a typical child develops and aims to aid in a similar course of development for young children with ASD. The Early Start Denver Model also individualizes each child’s curriculum by integrating behavioral, relationship-based and developmental methodologies into effective teaching practices.

A recent study conducted by Geraldine Dawson PhD et al. found that children who received ESDM showed significant improvements in IQ, adaptive behavior, and autism symptoms over those who received community-intervention.

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The Early Start Denver Model uses a generalist model – one treatment plan that covers goals from all disciplines. The strategies from the ESDM focus on the affective and relationship-based aspects of the therapist’s work. Teaching is embedded inside play activities, and occurs at a very high rate.

How We Help

You can learn more about the ESDM on the Autism Speaks website.

Recent research on the ESDM includes: Reducing Maladaptive Behaviors (research article).

Call on (216) 514-1600 or contact us to learn more about applying the Early Start Denver Model to your child’s success plan.

Galvin Therapy Center

All of our therapists are fully licensed and/or certified for their area of practice. We maintain strict standards of excellence to ensure that your child gets the best possible attention and care. Learn more.