ESDM: Training to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

La Trobe University's Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) provides highly specialised training on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for parents, professionals and para-professionals.

Upcoming Workshops: No current dates for 2019.

Note: ESDM Introductory Workshops are no longer delivered face to face. These are delivered online by the University of California, MIND Institute. If you would like to enquire about this or any ESDM other training please contact us via email at or phone, (03) 9479 2122.

The Victorian ASELCC has become a leader in the provision of the ESDM over the last 6 years. In 2014, the centre published the only current comparative study that documents the positive outcomes of delivering the ESDM in a group setting. We were subsequently recognized by the University of California as the inaugural  "Group Delivery Flagship Site" and have become the ESDM training site within the Asia Pacific Region.

The ASELCC has extensive experience in providing ESDM training.  The service's two certified ESDM trainers actively support parents and professionals to learn and use this evidenced based intervention. Over the last 3-4 years, we have delivered ESDM training for professionals in Melbourne, Perth, Austria, Japan, India, France and China.

* Note - UC Davis Extension is now offering the Early Start Denver Model Introductory Workshop ONLINE, several times throughout the year. The introductory workshop is a prerequisite for attending the Advanced Workshop.

ESDM Certified Therapists in Australia

To become registered as a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist there are a number of training requirements. The list of the current certified ESDM therapists is provided for your information.

More about the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)?

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for children with autism aged between 12 – 48 months. It is a play-based intervention that fuses behavioral and developmental principles into an integrated approach. The Model can be implemented in different natural settings such as at home or daycare / preschool by trained therapists as well as parents within play and daily routines. ESDM aims to reduce the symptoms of autism and target all developmental areas.