The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

Unveiling Developmental Milestones: A Comprehensive Guide to ESDM

At Adora Bright Pediatric Therapy Services, we are proud to offer the highly acclaimed Denver Model (ESDM), an innovative and comprehensive early intervention approach designed to support children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental challenges. Developed by leading experts, the Denver Model is a research-based framework that focuses on promoting social, emotional, and cognitive growth during the critical early years of a child’s life.

Understanding ESDM: A Holistic Approach to Early Intervention

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What is ESDM?

The Core Principles of ESDM

Individualized and Play-Based Learning

The Denver Model places a strong emphasis on play-based interactions, recognizing that children learn best through engaging and meaningful activities. Our skilled professionals use play to foster social engagement, communication skills, and cognitive development.

Responsive Parent

We believe that parents are invaluable partners in a child’s development. The Denver Model encourages parents to actively participate in intervention sessions, equipping them with strategies to support their child’s progress at home and in various settings.

Functional Emotional Development

The Denver Model focuses on enhancing emotional and social connections between the child and caregivers. By nurturing these bonds, we help children develop foundational emotional and relational skills.

Naturalistic Strategies

Naturalistic teaching strategies are a cornerstone of the Denver Model. These strategies involve creating learning opportunities within a child’s natural environment, making it easier for them to generalize skills beyond therapy sessions.

Data-Driven Progress Monitoring

Our approach involves ongoing data collection and analysis to track a child’s progress and make informed adjustments to the intervention plan. This ensures that the child’s developmental needs are met effectively.

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child actively participating in esdm therapy activities, engaging in interactive play and learning

Navigating ESDM: Implementation and Key Components

Comprehensive Assessments

Our team conducts thorough assessments to understand each child’s strengths, challenges, and developmental goals. This assessment guides the creation of a personalized intervention plan.


Based on the assessment results, we develop an individualized intervention plan that targets specific areas of need while incorporating the principles of the Denver Model.


Our professionals engage children in play-based activities that are carefully designed to promote social interaction, communication, and cognitive growth.

Collaborative Family Training

We empower families with the knowledge and tools they need to support their child’s progress at home and in various settings. Family involvement is integral to the success of the Denver Model.

Ongoing Progress Monitoring

We continuously collect and analyze data to evaluate the child’s progress, making necessary adjustments to the intervention plan to ensure optimal outcomes.

Choosing ESDM: A Decision Grounded in Hope


The Denver Model is backed by extensive research and has been shown to yield positive results in children with autism and developmental challenges.

Early Intervention

Early childhood is a critical period for development. The Denver Model focuses on harnessing the brain’s neuroplasticity during these formative years.


The Denver Model recognizes the importance of family involvement and provides families with the tools to actively participate in their child’s growth journey.

Holistic Approach

Our implementation of the Denver Model takes into account the child’s unique strengths, challenges, and developmental goals, resulting in a well-rounded and personalized intervention


If you’re seeking a comprehensive early intervention approach that nurtures your child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development, contact us today to learn more about how our Denver Model services can make a positive impact on your child’s future.

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