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 2019 is as follows:



Course Title

Start Date



Early Start Denver Model - Introductory Workshop

 English: 9/23, 11/4, 1/6/2020, 2/17/2020, 4/6/2020

Russian: 1/6/2020



Registration link and course listings »

Location: Location: Lyon, France (In French)
Dates: October 14 (Introductory)
Trainer: Marie-Maude Geoffray
Registration: amelie.daru@ch-le-vinatier.fr

Location: Location: Lyon, France (In French)
Dates: October 15-17 (Advanced)
Trainer: Marie-Maude Geoffray
Registration: amelie.daru@ch-le-vinatier.fr

Location: Lima, Peru
Dates: October 21 (Intro), October 22-24 (Advanced)
Trainer: Melissa Mello & Sarah Dufek
Coordinator: Magali
Email: info@abaiperucapacitaciones.com

Location: Denver, CO
Dates: October 27-29 (Advanced)
Trainer: Elizabeth Griffith

Contact: ESDM@childrenscolorado.org

Location: Vancouver, BC
Dates: October 27-29 (Advanced)
Trainer: Michaela Jelen

Contact: www.esdmcanada.ca 

Location: University of Wollongong, Australia
Dates: Dates: November 5-7 (Advanced)
Trainer: Elizabeth.aylward@cdinstitute.com.au
Contact: training@cdinstititute.com.au / enquiries@cdinstitute.com.au

Location: Santiago de Chile, Chile (In Spanish)
Dates: November 9 (Intro), November 10-12, 15-17, 19-21, 23-25, 27-29 (Advanced)
Trainer: Gisela Regli

Coordinator: Pamela Pinto Gomez
Contact Info: fundacionchilenadelautismo@gmail.com 
Registration Info: Fundacion Chilena Del Autismo Horizonte

Location: Hingham, MA
Dates: November 13-15
Trainer: Jennifer Epstein
Contact: drjepstein@southshorepsych.com

Location: Girona, Catalonia (In Spanish)
Dates: November 16 (Introductory)
Trainer: Maria Diez-Juan

Host: Autisme Mas Casadevall
Contact: formacio@mascasadevall.net
Registration: https://www.mascasadevall.net/es/esdm-denver/

Location: University of Wollongong, Australia
Dates: Dates: December 3-5 (Advanced)
Trainer: Elizabeth.aylward@cdinstitute.com.au
Contact: training@cdinstititute.com.au / enquiries@cdinstitute.com.au

Location: Warszawa, Poland
Dates: December 14-16 (Advanced)
Trainer: Joana Kwasiborska-Dudek

Registration: Open (two places available)
Coordinator: Joanna Kwasiborska-Dudek
Contact and registration info: j.kwasiborska-dudek@adesse.pl
Comments: Workshop will be conducted in English

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