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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD (Zeno Corporation)
Description: The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) predates all other approaches for early intervention methods for children with autism spectrum disorders and this timely book describes the methods and procedures used in order to implement ESDM. It represents contemporary ESDM methodology, which has kept pace with the most current empirical data and effective clinical practice techniques for young children with autism.
Purpose: The book is designed to provide mental health professionals and parents with a detailed manual for implementing ESDM intervention strategies for toddlers and preschoolers with autism.
Audience: It would be most helpful to anyone who works with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, including parents and early interventionists, early special educators, occupational and speech therapists, as well as psychologists and mental health practitioners.
Features: This is a comprehensive manual for implementing the empirically tested ESDM intervention methods intended specifically for toddlers and preschoolers with autism. Through 10 chapters, the book introduces readers to research findings that support ESDM, the foundations, curriculum and core teaching procedures, and the practical aspects of ESDM delivery. Three chapters are devoted solely to teaching the child self-initiation and play skills as well as verbal and non-verbal communication. The teaching of key social behaviors is a cornerstone element of ESDM and is found in every chapter in the book.
Assessment: The Denver Model has certainly evolved over the years to reflect the most current research findings and practical application procedures of the times. This book magnificently demonstrates that ESDM continues to provide evidence-based, empirically tested intervention strategies that are current, unique, and effective. I highly recommend this timely and comprehensive book to anyone working with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, as they will certainly find the Early Start Denver Model to be helpful in their work with autistic children and their families.