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The foundation for our program is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).

ESDM utilizes a developmental curriculum that defines skills to be taught through engaging, movement-based natural play activities.  ESDM methods help children participate in developmentally appropriate activities, and encourage children to use skills spontaneously and in different environments.

Our clinical intervention teams use a data based
approach and empirically supported teaching
practices that have been found effective from
research in applied behavior analysis (ABA).

ESDM fuses behavioral, relationship-based, and
a developmental, play-based approach into an
integrated whole that is completely individualized
and yet standardized.

The ESDM is the only comprehensive early intervention model that has been validated in a randomized clinical trial¹ for use with children with autism as young as 18 months old.  It has been found to be effective for children with autism across
a wide range of learning styles and abilities.

In addtion, a recently published study of ESDM² has shown early intervention improves long-term outcomes for children with autism.

Our individually-designed treatment plans incorporate the ESDM and other evidence-based practices as well, to ensure high-quality, customized programming for every child.

Comprehensive Behavioral Early Intervention Program

Key Features of our Program

  • 1:1 direct teaching
  • Year round intervention
  • Extensive parental involvement
  • Sessions in your home or approved alternative locations
  • Naturalistic, applied behavior analytic strategies
  • Effective, evidence-based teaching methods

For more about our Comprehensive Behavioral Early Intervention Program,
contact us at 866.912.2919, 608.512.0780 or email

¹Published online November 30, 2009 Pediatrics Vol. 125 No. 1 January 1, 2010 pp. e17 -e23 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-0958)

²Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Volume 54, Issue 7

  • Goals address core symptoms of autism:
    • Social engagement
    • Communication
    • Behavior
  • Goals & activities follow a normal developmental sequence
  • Measurable goals with daily progress tracking
  • Collaboration with professional services & school

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