ISBN-10:
1606236318
ISBN-13:
9781606236314
Pub. Date:
12/09/2009
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism

Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism

by Sally J. Rogers PhD, Geraldine Dawson PhDSally J. Rogers PhD
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Overview

From leading authorities, this state-of-the-art manual presents the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), the first comprehensive, empirically tested intervention specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. Supported by the principles of developmental psychology and applied behavior analysis, ESDM’s intensive teaching interventions are delivered within play-based, relationship-focused routines. The manual provides structured, hands-on strategies for working with very young children in individual and group settings to promote development in such key domains as imitation; communication; social, cognitive, and motor skills; adaptive behavior; and play.

Implementing individualized treatment plans for each child requires the use of an assessment tool, the Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist for Young Children with Autism. A nonreproducible checklist is included in the manual for reference, along with instructions for use; 8½" x 11" checklists are sold separately in sets of 15 ready-to-use booklets.

See also the authors' related parent guide, An Early Start for Your Child with Autism.
 


Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book marks a very significant milestone in the development of appropriate interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. The integration of goals and teaching strategies from developmental, behavioral, and context-oriented approaches is unique. The chapters on theory will press even experienced interventionists to think about what they are attempting and why, and the detailed descriptions of activities show exactly how theory meets practice. With multisite research underway to test the encouraging results of early studies, this manual will enable interventionists to think more broadly; choose concrete, measurable, and useful goals for each child; and collaborate across disciplines within a comprehensive intervention framework."--Catherine Lord, PhD, ABPP, Director, University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center

"Rogers and Dawson have met an important need for early intervention service providers with this stunningly comprehensive manual. The great strength of the manual is its blend of scientific and practical knowledge that focuses on producing important developmental outcomes for children. It presents an assessment process and instrument (the Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist) that pinpoint important developmental goals, as well as detailed information about practices and fidelity that will be of great benefit to service providers who want to implement the model. The Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism is one of the best examples of translating science into practice; it will serve as the standard against which future treatment manuals in the field are judged."--Samuel L. Odom, PhD, Director, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal

"Sets an extremely high standard against which future manuals will be judged. Even for those not intending to replicate the programme in its entirety, the strategies for enhancing play, imitation and communication, and for improving parent/child interaction are potentially extremely helpful for parents and teachers, and for professionals advising them."

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

"Among the crowd of treatments, interventions, and purported cures that proliferate around autism spectrum disorders, the Denver Model has long stood as a beacon of empirical rigor and developmental sensitivity....Sally Rogers and Geri Dawson, two of the most experienced and accomplished psychologists working in autism today, have laid out the details of a modification of their program designed for toddlers and very young children....By conducting a carefully designed study before publishing their program, they have established an empirical basis for it that provides a high level of added value. Parents and educators who use the program have not just its authors' endorsement, but a scientific basis for validity. The book is written in an engaging and accessible way. One of its best features is its excellent first chapter, which explains in lay terms what is known about brain development and ASD....This book adds greatly to the growing literature on evidence-based naturalistic behavioral treatments for children with ASD. Its attention to the needs of children under three, now frequently diagnosed with the syndrome, as well as its comprehensive scope and reader-friendly style should guarantee it a well-deserved place on the bookshelves of all who are engaged in the difficult task of optimizing the developmental trajectory of young children with this syndrome."

Doody's Review Service

Reviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) predates all other approaches for early intervention methods for children with autism spectrum disorders and this timely book describes the methods and procedures used in order to implement ESDM. It represents contemporary ESDM methodology, which has kept pace with the most current empirical data and effective clinical practice techniques for young children with autism.
Purpose: The book is designed to provide mental health professionals and parents with a detailed manual for implementing ESDM intervention strategies for toddlers and preschoolers with autism.
Audience: It would be most helpful to anyone who works with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, including parents and early interventionists, early special educators, occupational and speech therapists, as well as psychologists and mental health practitioners.
Features: This is a comprehensive manual for implementing the empirically tested ESDM intervention methods intended specifically for toddlers and preschoolers with autism. Through 10 chapters, the book introduces readers to research findings that support ESDM, the foundations, curriculum and core teaching procedures, and the practical aspects of ESDM delivery. Three chapters are devoted solely to teaching the child self-initiation and play skills as well as verbal and non-verbal communication. The teaching of key social behaviors is a cornerstone element of ESDM and is found in every chapter in the book.
Assessment: The Denver Model has certainly evolved over the years to reflect the most current research findings and practical application procedures of the times. This book magnificently demonstrates that ESDM continues to provide evidence-based, empirically tested intervention strategies that are current, unique, and effective. I highly recommend this timely and comprehensive book to anyone working with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, as they will certainly find the Early Start Denver Model to be helpful in their work with autistic children and their families.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

"Sets an extremely high standard against which future manuals will be judged. Even for those not intending to replicate the programme in its entirety, the strategies for enhancing play, imitation and communication, and for improving parent/child interaction are potentially extremely helpful for parents and teachers, and for professionals advising them."--Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Doody Reviews

Reviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD (Zeno Corporation)
Description: The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) predates all other approaches for early intervention methods for children with autism spectrum disorders and this timely book describes the methods and procedures used in order to implement ESDM. It represents contemporary ESDM methodology, which has kept pace with the most current empirical data and effective clinical practice techniques for young children with autism.
Purpose: The book is designed to provide mental health professionals and parents with a detailed manual for implementing ESDM intervention strategies for toddlers and preschoolers with autism.
Audience: It would be most helpful to anyone who works with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, including parents and early interventionists, early special educators, occupational and speech therapists, as well as psychologists and mental health practitioners.
Features: This is a comprehensive manual for implementing the empirically tested ESDM intervention methods intended specifically for toddlers and preschoolers with autism. Through 10 chapters, the book introduces readers to research findings that support ESDM, the foundations, curriculum and core teaching procedures, and the practical aspects of ESDM delivery. Three chapters are devoted solely to teaching the child self-initiation and play skills as well as verbal and non-verbal communication. The teaching of key social behaviors is a cornerstone element of ESDM and is found in every chapter in the book.
Assessment: The Denver Model has certainly evolved over the years to reflect the most current research findings and practical application procedures of the times. This book magnificently demonstrates that ESDM continues to provide evidence-based, empirically tested intervention strategies that are current, unique, and effective. I highly recommend this timely and comprehensive book to anyone working with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, as they will certainly find the Early Start Denver Model to be helpful in their work with autistic children and their families.

Reviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP(Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) predates all other approaches for early intervention methods for children with autism spectrum disorders and this timely book describes the methods and procedures used in order to implement ESDM. It represents contemporary ESDM methodology, which has kept pace with the most current empirical data and effective clinical practice techniques for young children with autism.
Purpose: The book is designed to provide mental health professionals and parents with a detailed manual for implementing ESDM intervention strategies for toddlers and preschoolers with autism.
Audience: It would be most helpful to anyone who works with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, including parents and early interventionists, early special educators, occupational and speech therapists, as well as psychologists and mental health practitioners.
Features: This is a comprehensive manual for implementing the empirically tested ESDM intervention methods intended specifically for toddlers and preschoolers with autism. Through 10 chapters, the book introduces readers to research findings that support ESDM, the foundations, curriculum and core teaching procedures, and the practical aspects of ESDM delivery. Three chapters are devoted solely to teaching the child self-initiation and play skills as well as verbal and non-verbal communication. The teaching of key social behaviors is a cornerstone element of ESDM and is found in every chapter in the book.
Assessment: The Denver Model has certainly evolved over the years to reflect the most current research findings and practical application procedures of the times. This book magnificently demonstrates that ESDM continues to provide evidence-based, empirically tested intervention strategies that are current, unique, and effective. I highly recommend this timely and comprehensive book to anyone working with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, as they will certainly find the Early Start Denver Model to be helpful in their work with autistic children and their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606236314
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 12/09/2009
Pages: 297
Sales rank: 242,294
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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