ESDM is a “comprehensive, early intervention approach for toddlers with autism ages 12-36 months and continuing until ages 48-60 months…EDSM uses the knowledge of how the typical baby develops to facilitate a similar developmental trajectory in young infants who are at risk for autism.” *
Many studies have shown children with autism who receive a high intensity developmental behavioral intervention starting by age 18-30 months; show major improvements in IQ, language, adaptive behavior, and severity of their diagnosis.
*Rogers, Sally J., and Geraldine Dawson. Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, & Engagement. The Guilford Press, 2010
Since 2013, our team has been undergoing extensive training from the U.C. Davis MIND Institute, the pioneers of Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
Our training allows us to incorporate groundbreaking ESDM-based principles within the classroom, therapy room, and home.
Social Skills Programs
Early Intervention Class
Upon completion of our training, Happy Talkers will offer ESDM training for the community.
Evidence has shown that early intervention is key in improving outcomes for children with developmental delays. Our early intervention program focuses on children between infancy and age five. Our therapists provide compassionate expert care to help children learn developmentally appropriate language and gain a range of behavioral skills. We provide support services to families, schools, organizations and professionals who work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Therapy instruction is individualized in one-on-one or small group settings and can be provided in the home, community or educational settings. We also offer support for children who need help transitioning to school-based learning.
The Infant Development Program (IDP) is our community-based, small group therapy program for children with developmental delays and Disabilities. IDP is designed to encourage each child’s overall development through fun and developmentally appropriate educational activities! Each child is provided with an individualized therapy plan that integrates IFSP goals as well as the goals from the other therapies (ST, OT, PT, developmental & behavioral therapy). These goals are then implemented into their daily, theme-based, classroom schedule by our highly trained Team of Educators and Clinicians. IDP is vendorized by the Regional Center.
Children learn most effectively from their peers. If your child has a developmental delay and is ready to learn in a classroom setting, our Inclusion Support Team ensures they have the tools to succeed! Our low ratios and small class sizes ensure that each child receives the individual support they need.
A member of our Inclusion Support Team will meet with you and your child and help you determine the next best steps for educational success.
Children with ASD and developmental disabilities struggle to understand social cues and communicate their thoughts and feelings effectively. Numerous studies have established that these children benefit immensely from social skills training. Children with social skill challenges often feel anxious and frustrated because they have a hard time picking up on social cues naturally.
Social skills include everything from joint attention and greetings to understanding the theory of mind and feelings. Social skills programs teach basic social rules (e.g., eye contact, how to be polite) and general social/behavioral expectations at home, school, and typical social situations in order to help children carry these skills over into other environments successfully.
Social Skills: Stepping Stones
For Children 3-5 Years Old
This innovative class will teach your child effective social and functional language skills. Our goal is to help them achieve greater success interacting with their peers and their world around them. Our curriculum features themes, circle time and centers similar to that of a preschool classroom, yet the focus is language and social interaction. Stepping Stones will encourage independence and interaction with peer models through fun and exciting classroom activities.