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Early Start Denver Model

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a fusion of the Denver Model and pivotal response training.

The ESDM aims to optimize relationships in the family and teach new, adaptive skills that allow children greater control, autonomy, competence, and personal satisfaction within their social experiences.

A multi-disciplinary treatment group devises a personalised treatment plan for each child, which is delivered in the home and elsewhere by the parents of the child.

ESDM was developed by staff at the UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, California.  The program is now available via video conferencing and a self-guided website.

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