Our team

Dr. Elizabeth Aylward

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Program Manager and ESDM Certified Trainer
Early Start, University of Wollongong

Elizabeth is dedicated to educating and supporting children, families and professionals in developing socially inclusive early childhood settings. Specialising in how child development is impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders, she is a passionate advocate for building workforce capacity in staff working with children challenged by developmental delays, challenging behaviours and Autism. Elizabeth is an Australian-based ESDM Certified Trainer.  Her work providing training and support to a global audience has resulted in the prestigious approval by Emeritus Professors Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson to acknowledge Early Start, UOW as an official ESDM Training site. Elizabeth has completed her PhD studies in Autism Intervention and published papers in peer reviewed journals

Engagement team member Elizabeth Aylward

Jasmine Holland

Apprentice ESDM Trainer
Bachelor Education (Early Childhood), Masters in Special Education 

Jasmine has 20 years’ experience working across a variety of roles in the early childhood sector, including Early Childhood Teacher, Director, Special Education Consultant and ESDM Therapist. With a specific interest in teaching children with additional needs, Jasmine focuses on early intervention and supporting the inclusion of children across all natural settings. She has established ESDM clinics and programs for young children with Autism, while also offering support to parents and educators. Jasmine joins Early Start as the Apprentice Trainer, coaching and mentoring professionals and parents in the ESDM. 

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Margarita Shchegoleva

Master of Teaching
Certified ESDM Therapist and Early Childhood Teacher

Margarita has over 5 years’ experience in as an early years educator. She has channelled her passion for Autism Studies towards a career in early intervention, and is now a Certified ESDM Therapist. As a therapist for children with Autism, she has experience working with toddlers and their parents, and has implemented naturalistic developmental behaviour interventions within their family home environments. Margarita is able to provide ESDM therapy and training in both English and Russian.

Margarita Shchegoleva standing in front of green hedge

Caroline Jones

Executive Assistant

Caroline coordinates the Early Start Denver Model(ESDM) workshop series and is an Executive Assistant to senior management at Early Start.  This unique combination brings powerful insight and high-level admin support to the dynamic ESDM team.  Efficient and approachable, Caroline is always happy to answer any queries regarding our ESDM workshops.  

Caroline Jones standing in front of hedge