High quality, early intervention can transform a child living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or neuro-developmental delay.
At a young age, a child’s brain demonstrates greater plasticity, which enhances their ability to develop new skills for communication and social interaction.
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) practiced at the Child Development Institute (CDI) is specifically designed for the treatment of children aged between 12 months and 5 years. It is structured around play and child choice to increase motivation and a child’s propensity to learn.
We have a range of services that deliver the ESDM to children, their families and professionals working in health and education.
This ESDM Program is an intensive program targeting the skills needed by children with ASD to participate fully in everyday life and to be included effectively in a mainstream community education setting.
This program facilitates the child’s learning, mastery and generalisation of:
The focus of the intervention is to target individual goals that work towards the child’s inclusion into natural settings and bringing the child back into the social loop.
If this program is combined with ESDM 1:1 Clinic sessions, we can optimise your child’s developmental progress.
At the Child Development Institute, we acknowledge that starting school is a significant and often stressful event in the life of children and families living with Autism. Our Start Strong Program has been specifically designed for children with ASD to assist them to develop skills to confidently and successfully transition into a formal school environment. We know that children who make a positive start to school are more likely to:
Our Start Strong Program is run at a ratio of 2:1 by a combination of Early Childhood Teachers and Allied Health Professionals and incorporates the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) objectives and teaching principles. The aim of our program is to support every child to build a sense of belonging and acceptance, to develop self-confidence and a positive attitude towards learning, and experience success in a supportive educational environment.
The mainstream support program was developed with the aim of supporting inclusive practices for children with ASD within their community education settings. Our staff will visit your child’s centre and guide their mainstream educators, enhancing inclusion and participation.
Objectives of the program
The following overarching mainstream support learning outcomes will be targeted:
At the CDI, we operate a policy of continuous monitoring and adjustment for all children. In addition, each child’s program of support must be formally reviewed every quarter. At which point, new objectives and teaching plans are set and aligned to a child’s progress and their family’s priorities.
A 1.5 hour meeting will be scheduled with parents during each term break, during which you will discuss with your child’s Key Worker their progress and priorities for next term’s program.