What is ESDM?
ESDM is an early intensive intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developed by Dr. Sally J.Rogers, PhD., Developmental Psychologist and professor of MIND Institute and department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.
ESDM is a naturalistic and routine-based program that integrates a relationship-focused developmental model with teaching practices and strategies of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is the first comprehensive behavioral treatment empirically validated and considered Evidence-Based-Practice for toddlers with autism (ages 12-36 months and continuing until ages 48-60 months).
ESDM is grounded in current empirical knowledge of infant learning, developmental psychology and education.
In practice, ESDM uses daily routines and play-based activities to facilitate developmental trajectories in young infants who are at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder similar to their peers with typical development, reducing the severity of autism symptoms, and accelerating children’s developmental rates in all domains, and in particular on cognitive, and social-emotional skills, communication, fine and gross motor development.
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What is Early Days Autism Center (EDAC)?
EDAC is a community-based program implementing the Early Start Denver Model in inclusive settings in Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Our company employs certified ESDM therapists giving services in Sacramento, where we have an office and a clinic, and in San Francisco Bay Area.
We offer the following services:
– ONE ON ONE: Domestic Intensive intervention of ESDM model.
– PARENT COACHING: 12 sessions program “ESDM for parents” developed at the MIND Institute and delivered by official coaches.
– PLAY GROUPS: parent coaching (group dissemination) and children play-groups to promote parents’ empowerment and children’s social interactions with peers.
– INCLUSION PROGRAMS: Supervision of inclusion programing in pre-schools using the G- ESDM Model, and One on one therapy and intervention in pre-schools, eliciting learning opportunities with peers.
Who is the founder?
Dr. Cynthia Zierhut, Ph.D. is a developmental and licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. She worked as a clinical supervisor and project manager for the Early Start Laboratory at the UC Davis MIND Institute for twelve years under the mentorship of Dr. Sally J. Rogers. She is also a lead trainer in the ESDM Training Program. Dr. Zierhut, also, managed a collaborative ESDM group delivery project in Melbourne Australia in 2011 with her colleagues Dr. Cheryl Dissanayake and Dr. Giacomo Vivanti. Dr. Zierhut aims to make accessible high quality learning opportunities for therapists in local communities and for our international colleagues to disseminate the ESDM so that more children and families have access to this highly effective intervention in those early days.
Who are we?
EDAC comprises an international team of Certified therapists and instructional assistants who provide services in English, Hebrew, Italian, Polish,
Russian and German. We meet the requirements of different Health Insurance Companies and we provide also intensive training for professionals, paraprofessionals, caregivers and parents.
Click here to meet the entire team.