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.
- Supporting Evidence/ Likely treatment success
- Promising results have been reported from some research studies, but more high quality investigations are required. Best results are achieved when therapy is undertaken for at least 20 hours per week.
- Link to more information
- Video of therapist using ESDM theory to engage a child in therapy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9idgYB9CdPw
Number of participation hours required each week
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.