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ESDM Clinics

The Early Start Denver Model

The KU Marcia Burgess Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) has implemented the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) over the past 5 years with great success and consistent evidence and published studies indicating improvements in language, communication, social skills, motor skills and a reduction in difficult behaviours.

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 being delivered by KU in multiple settings including: in a clinic setting with one-to-one therapy; in a specialised group setting and in mainstream children's services. It can also be delivered in the home by trained therapists and parents during natural play and daily routines. 

The ESDM is an intensive and comprehensive play-based early intervention program that is specifically designed for children aged 12-60 months old, integrating Applied Behaviour Analysis into a developmental and relationship-based approach. It is approved for Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) package.

An Early Start for your Child with Autism, is a parent's guide to using everyday activities to help kids connect, communicate, and learn. The aim of ESDM is to increase the rates of the 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, 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, and a developmental, play-based approach into an integrated whole that is completely individualised and yet standardised.

The Certified ESDM Trainer at the Liverpool KU Marcia Burgess Autism Centre also provides ESDM Workshops for professionals working with children with ASD. For more information, contact Liz Fulton on 0419 129 386 or contact the ASELCC on 02 9612 9400.

KU Parent Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM) Clinics

The KU P-ESDM Clinics offer this new and innovative model to parents of children with Autism. The program runs for 12 weeks and involves the parent and child in 1 hour, 1:1 work and play sessions with our trained P-ESDM coach, and includes a Parent Manual.

While funding to access this Clinic is available through HCWA, families may also be eligible for funding through the Better Access to Mental Health Initiative with a referral from their General Practitioner.

The Certified ESDM Trainer at the KU Marcia Burgess ASELCC in Liverpool also provides ESDM Workshops, for professionals working with children with Autism and P-ESDM coaching, for families in our ASELCC program. For more information, contact Liz Fulton on 0419 129 386 or the KU Marcia Burgess ASELCC on 02 9612 9400.