Effectiveness and feasibility of the early start denver model implemented in a group-based community childcare setting

J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Dec;44(12):3140-53. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2168-9.

Abstract

A recent study documented the efficacy of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) delivered in a 1:1 fashion. In the current study we investigated the effectiveness and feasibility of the ESDM in the context of a long-day care community service, with a child-staff ratio of 1:3. Outcomes of 27 preschoolers with ASD undergoing 15-25 h per week of ESDM over 12 months were compared to those of 30 peers with ASD undergoing a different intervention program delivered in a similar community long-day care service. Children in both groups made gains in cognitive, adaptive and social skills. Participants in the ESDM group showed significantly higher gains in developmental rate and receptive language.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child Care / methods*
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / diagnosis
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / epidemiology
  • Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Early Intervention, Educational / methods*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Victoria / epidemiology