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Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

Child-led, play-based and delivered in naturalistic settings ESDM supports learning and aims to increase and improve language, social, and cognitive skills.

Improve communication skills.

This includes communication, attention, imitation, and motor skills often resulting in enhanced personal independence.

Learn wherever is best for your child.

With ESDM, your child is not limited to one learning setting as it can be conducted in a clinic or at home.

Track and monitor goals.

Track your child’s progress easily using a development graph showing your child’s data against peers of the same age.

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ESDM takes advantage of the neuroplasticity of a child’s brain during the early years of life. By engaging your child in a wide range of fun activities, their motivation to attend and respond to others in their environment can increase. ESDM encourages building positive relationships and learning through natural daily activities focused on communication, social, cognitive, play, motor and personal independence skills. ESDM is a naturalistic, developmental-behavioural intervention (NDBI) that is progressive with easily trackable steps.


Who it's for...

This therapy is shown to be the most effective for children aged 1y to 6y who have been diagnosed with Autism, Global Developmental Delay or those without a diagnosis but show social communication challenges.


What to Expect

Your ESDM practitioner will prepare age-appropriate toys and activities tailored to your child’s interests and goals and designed to facilitate communication and social interaction. Parents are encouraged to become active participants to assist in integrating your child’s daily activities and routines at home.


Part of an individualised therapy program

ESDM is part of your Individualised Therapy program, and it can be delivered at home or in-clinic within a 1 to 1 session.

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ESDM is an intensive treatment and it is important that your child gets the right assessment to come up with the appropriate treatment plan. If you are unsure if ESDM is the right fit for you or your child, contact us, and we’ll answer any of your questions.