Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for Autistic Children

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a method of ABA therapy most commonly used with our earliest learners diagnosed with Autism. It is a comprehensive, play-based approach to therapy that targets play, language, social-emotional, personal independence, and cognitive skills through developmentally appropriate activities. The ESDM can be conducted across settings and people, including ABA therapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and, most importantly, caregivers!

ESDM in ABA Therapy for Autism

The ESDM is a type of evidence-based ABA therapy in which learning occurs within age-appropriate activities, such as songs, toy play, peer play, gym and snack time, and self-care activities, such as toileting and dressing. By incorporating learning into daily activities, children have the most opportunities to develop their skills within the contexts they will use them.
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CST Academy: Experts in ESDM for Autism

We prioritize ensuring that our team of behavior analysts (BCBAs) is trained in the most up-to-date, research-based, and developmentally appropriate ABA for your child. Therefore, our full team is trained in the ESDM and able to implement this naturalistic style of therapy with our youngest learners. We also focus on training caregivers in play-based therapeutic practices so that learning can happen across people and settings.
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"After almost 2 years our son’s time at CST Academy has come to an end. The preschool program has done wonders for him. Ms Jaclyn is such a warm, kind and patient teacher. She and my son’s OT (Ms. Nikki) and ST (Ms. Erika) worked together to ensure he was meeting all of his goals. The level of collaboration between all therapies shows how dedicated they are to helping your child reach their full potential. They have all made such an impact on him, it’s amazing to see the changes since he started there. He has blossomed into a strong, confident boy who is more than prepared to start his new school in a few weeks. We will always fondly remember our time at CST Academy. Can’t recommend them enough!"
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