Early Start Denver Model - Introductory Workshop


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most common and fastest growing developmental disorder among children in the United States. Designed for parents, educators, social workers and other individuals working with children with ASD, this course is an introduction to the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a developmental, behavioral and relationship-based intervention program for infants and toddlers with ASD. Through a hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use ESDM techniques to create and implement personalized teaching objectives for children from one to two years of age with various skill levels. By the end of this course, participants will have gained basic practical knowledge and techniques to properly aid children with ASD in their development and education.

Learning Outcomes

  • Administer a developmental assessment of children's skill levels
  • Develop individualized, developmentally appropriate teaching objectives
  • Implement the ESDM teaching practices and fidelity system to evaluate technique use
  • Maintain data management and address poor or limited child progress when needed

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Developmental assessment
  • Teaching objective development
  • ESDM teaching practices
  • Assessing child progress
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This online workshop will begin on August 5 and ends September 15. Enrollment Deadline: August 12, 2024. 

Additional course information will be emailed to you the week before the course opens.

Access to this online course will open the first scheduled day of the class and login information will be emailed that day or later for late enrollments. If you have not received your login information in the time-frame indicated, please visit our website for additional information on how to set up your password.

This is a self-paced, independent study, online course with pre-produced lessons and assessments. No instructor is assigned to the course. Move through the content at your own pace during the six-week period. Successful completion prepares you to apply for advanced study with the ESDM Training Program at UC Davis (www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/research/esdm).

The mandatory text is to be read prior to the course opening.

For specific questions about ESDM or Advanced Workshop scheduling please see https://www.esdm.co/.

Enrollment Policies

Requests to withdraw with a refund (less $30 processing fee) must be received before the course opens. Transfer requests to another course (with $30 processing fee) until August 12, 2024. If you have entered the online classroom, you are no longer eligible for a refund.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements (https://cpe.ucdavis.edu/areas-study/online-programs/technical-requirements).

Section Course Materials

Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement

Sally J. Rogers PhD and Geraldine Dawson PhD

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn

Sally J. Rogers PhD , Geraldine Dawson PhD, Laurie A. Vismara PhD

Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist for Young Children with Autism Set of 15 Checklists, Each a 16-Page Two-Color

by Sally J. Rogers PhD Geraldine Dawson PhD