What is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)?

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for very young children with autism. ESDM is a play-based intervention that fuses behavioral and developmental principles into an integrated approach. ESDM can be implemented in different natural settings such as the home or the daycare/preschool by trained therapists as well as parents within play and daily routines. ESDM aims to reduce the symptoms of autism and target all developmental areas.

***PLEASE NOTE: The ESDM Training Program posts both MIND Institute ESDM Workshops and External Workshops delivered by Certified Trainers throughout the world.  External Workshops are listed here as a courtesy.  Please contact listed coordinators directly for detailed information on external workshops.

UC Davis Extension is now offering the Early Start Denver Model Introductory Workshop ONLINE, several times throughout the year.
Learn about the theoretical and empirical framework, curriculum and teaching principles of the Early Start Denver Model, a developmental, behavioral and relationship-based intervention program for infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 12-60 months. This course is taught by Sally Rogers of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Geraldine Dawson from Duke University. Dr. Dawson is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University, North Carolina. Dawson is President of the International Society for Autism Research.  Enroll today! »


The ONLINE Introductory Course Schedule for the remainder of 2018 is as follows:



Course Title

Start Date



Early Start Denver Model - Introductory Workshop



Registration link and course listings »

Interview with Sally Rogers (PDF) »

Location: Sacramento, CA

Dates:  January 29-31, 2019 (Advanced)

Coordinator:  Deeniece Hatten

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/F4xTFC417txzFI4H2

Location: Sacramento, CA

Dates:  February 26-28, 2019 (Parent Coaching)

Coordinator: Deeniece Hatten

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/otYPTUC1Q6ODdkii2

Location: Santiago, Chile

Dates: March 11 (Introductory), March 12-14 (Advanced)

Trainers: Vanessa Avila-Pons, Melissa Mello

Registration Info: TBD

Location: Sacramento, CA

Dates: April 16-18, 2019 (Advanced)

Coordinator: Deeniece Hatten

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ezKODZmR17MfMcGD3

Location: Sacramento, CA

Dates: August 6-8, 2019 (Parent Coaching)

Coordinator: Deeniece Hatten

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/RdT3jIUYHgoQLkN33


Location: Sacramento, CA

Dates: August 28-30, 2019 (Advanced)

Coordinator:  Deeniece Hatten

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/rHiuFPZe5LDmffbA2

ESDMPlease monitor this website. Training activities are posted regularly.  If you have further questions, please send an email to:  esdmtraining@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.