This is an advanced workshop for degree-qualified professionals (including speech therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, behaviour therapists, medical professionals and psychologists) who work with children with autism (and other developmental disorders) who would like to learn how to carry out ongoing therapy using the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). It is the standardised Therapist workshop developed by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson (MIND Institute, UC Davis).
These workshops are delivered remotely (via live Zoom stream) to facilitate access for all interested professionals in Australia and abroad. The course is delivered as a series of 6 half-day workshops, each a week apart. This provides flexibility and time between each session for reflection and practice in each participant’s own workplace.
Participants will receive online supervision to assess a child with autism and develop and implement an intervention program, using the ESDM teaching principles. Coaching and feedback will be provided by a Certified ESDM Trainer across the 6 x half-day (3-hour) sessions to build skills and confidence.
It is important that professionals wishing to provide ESDM Therapy continue through a certification process, following the Advanced Workshop, to achieve fidelity in delivering this model of intervention. This is the only way to become a Certified ESDM Therapist. Follow-up supervision and mentoring are provided throughout this process, including fortnightly booster coaching sessions to help keep participants well-supported. This certification process is strongly encouraged to deliver the model at fidelity and its most authentic level. See below for further details.
Prerequisites: Completion of the 8-hour online introductory course Early Start Denver Model Introductory Workshop, is a compulsory prerequisite before participating in the ESDM Advanced Workshop.
For Teachers in NSW, Australia, who are Including Children with autism, please note that completing the Early Start Denver Model Advanced Workshop will contribute 18 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of students/children with disability addressing standard descriptors 1.1.2, 1.6.2, 3.1.2, 4.1.2, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Alternatively, you can contact NESA’s Professional Development Team:
The 3-hour workshops are held 3.30pm- 6.30pm over 6 weeks. This timing may be flexible for teams if necessary.
Cost: $2,200 (includes GST) per participant.
Note: Program fees are under review and the new fee structure will be announced in 2024
To book or register your interest for the ESDM Advanced Workshop, fill out the online form, or contact the ESDM training coordinator to book on firstname.lastname@example.org
ESDM Advanced Workshop Schedule 2024
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Please note, all courses are conducted online from Wollongong/Sydney, Australia. Course times from April to September each year are based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), and courses held from October to March are based on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). Please double-check course times against your Country or City’s local time zone.