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
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