Early Start Denver Model

ESDM is an intensive and evidence-based behavior therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  This program uses play to build positive and connected relationships.  Language, social skills and cognitive development are grown through joint activities and fun.  Active parent involvement is essential for the success of ESDM.  Research has shown that children exposed to ESDM show significant improvements in IQ, adaptive behavior and a decrease in autism symptoms.

SBSLG Team Members:

The Clinical Supervisor or Psychologist is responsible for completing the ESDM assessment and writing the individual program plan for each child. The Clinical Supervisor observes and gives feedback and suggestions to the Behavior Therapists on an on-going basis.

  • Parent(s)
  • Child
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Resource Consultant
  • Psychologist/Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral

Who is this program for:

  • Children birth to 3 years of age
  • Children showing signs of an Autism Spectrum Disorder or who have a formal diagnosis of ASD
  • In-home services are offered for families that live within a 30 km radius of 1 Regan Road, Brampton (Vankirk & Bovaird).  Consultative support is available for a family in Peel, Halton, Muskoka and Simcoe County

Service includes:

  • Individual curriculum assessment
  • Individual Program Plan
  • Individual ESDM sessions in centre
  • In-home or centre-based parent ESDM sessions

Base Package:

All packages include a Strengths and Needs Assessment and an Individual Program Plan

Location Cost per hour
Centre (1-1) 60
At Home 90      (travel cost included)
Clinical Supervisor


150     (add 40 for travel time)

225     (add 40 for travel time)

  • Centre 1-1 child hours (2 hours per week for 6 months – 48 sessions)
  • Parent sessions (1 hour per week for 6 months – 24 sessions)

Individualize your package:

  • add 1-hour blocks of service ($60.00 per hour)


An Early Start for Your Child with Autism by Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, Laurie Vismara

Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism, by Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson


Reducing maladaptive behaviors in preschool-aged children with autism spectrum disorder using the Early Start Denver Model


Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months