ESDM: Autism Playmates

What is Autism Playmates?

Autism Playmates is a specialist provider of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) intervention for young children (aged 12-48 months) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The service is committed to ensuring families can access high quality, intensive and cost effective intervention for young children with ASD. If you are interested in finding out more about our service model please contact us directly.

The Autism Playmates team

With access to three certified ESDM trainers and eight certified ESDM therapists, all highly trained and experienced, the team leads the way in the delivery of the ESDM to young children with ASD.

If you would like to enquire about Autism Playmates, please contact us via email autismplaymates@latrobe.edu.au or phone, (03) 9479 2122.

What is the ESDM?

The ESDM is a comprehensive behavioural early intervention model for young children with ASD. Utilising a developmental, relationship- and play-based approach, ESDM-certified therapists work on children's individual goals through play activities and daily routines. The ESDM addresses all domains of a child's development (for example, gross- and fine-motor, communication, social and play skills), aiming to increase development across all of these areas and decrease the symptoms of ASD. The ESDM is a manualised model, containing both a curriculum and a set of teaching practises.