The workshop focuses on the principles, strategies and evidence base of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an early intervention program designed to address symptoms of autism during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. The ESDM emphasizes the importance of providing intensive teaching, drawing from evidence-based educational strategies, individualizing the program, and addressing multiple developmental domains. The ESDM approach has a distinctive focus on early social-emotional engagement, social motivation and social learning as the framework for learning. Additionally, the ESDM includes specific procedures to individualize treatment goals so that the teaching program is built on each child's individual profile of strengths and weakness and ongoing monitoring of treatment response. The naturalistic framework of ESDM is based on the notion that teaching is more powerful when embedded in the context of the real-life, daily routines where the behaviors targeted by treatment would naturally take place. Participants will learn about (1) recent scientific evidence on early learning in ASD informing intervention procedures (2) the principles and strategies of ESDM, (3) the different ways in which the ESDM can be delivered, including group-based implementation and parent-implemented programs, (4) the differences and areas of overlap between ESDM and other early intervention approaches, and (5) recent research on the effectiveness and sustainability of ESDM.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania