Early Start Denver Model is a play-based therapy, designed for preschoolers and toddlers. This therapy focuses on helping children with autism to develop social communication and interpersonal skills across different settings, including one-on-one, at home and in school/ preschool. A program is developed by therapists in collaboration with parents.

Number of participation hours required each week

Under 20 20+
Once appropriately trained, parents are asked to provide therapy at home with intermittent support from a therapist.
Therapist input may be 1 hour per week, however parents are required to provide therapy for at least 20 hours per week for program to be successful.

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Can improve social, communication and academic skills. More research into this model is needed.
High level of parent involvement is required to reinforce strategies at home and other settings.
Limited service availability in some areas.