What is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)?

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based intervention specifically developed for very young children with autism. ESDM is a play-based intervention that fuses behavioral and developmental principles into an integrated approach. ESDM can be implemented in different natural settings such as the home or the 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.

***PLEASE NOTE: The ESDM Training Program posts both MIND Institute ESDM Workshops and External Workshops delivered by Certified Trainers throughout the world.  External Workshops are listed here as a courtesy.  Please contact listed coordinators directly for detailed information on external workshops.

UC Davis Extension is now offering the Early Start Denver Model Introductory Workshop ONLINE, several times throughout the year.
Learn about the theoretical and empirical framework, curriculum and teaching principles of the Early Start Denver Model, a developmental, behavioral and relationship-based intervention program for infants and toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 12-60 months. This course is taught by Sally Rogers of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Geraldine Dawson from Duke University. Dr. Dawson is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University, North Carolina. Dawson is President of the International Society for Autism Research.  Enroll today! »


The ONLINE Introductory Course Schedule for the remainder of 2017 is as follows:



Course Title

Start Date



Early Start Denver Model - Introductory Workshop


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Early Start Denver Model - Introductory Workshop


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Early Start Denver Model - Introductory Workshop




Early Start Denver Model - Introductory Workshop





Registration link and course listings »

Interview with Sally Rogers (PDF) »

Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Dates: February 11 (Introductory), February 12, 18-19 (Advanced) - IN FRENCH

Trainer: Gisela Regli

Contact: Cocon Développement - info@cocon.ca

Registration: http://cocondeveloppement-fr.weebly.com/description-des-formations.html



Location: St-Roch-de-Mekinac, Quebec, Canada

Dates: February 11 (Introductory) - IN PORTUGUESE

Trainer: Thiago Lopes

Coordinator Name: M.Sc. Juliana Mazanek

Contact Info: contato@modelodenverautismo.com

Registration Info: www.modelodenverautismo.com



Location: Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Date: February 19th (Introductory) - IN PORTUGUESE

Trainer: Thiago Lopes

Coordinator Name: Fabiana Davantel (Projeto Amplitude)

Contact Info: projetoamplitude@projetoamplitude.org

Registration Info: http://www.projetoamplitude.org/



Location: Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

Date: March 4 (Introductory) - IN POLISH

Trainer: Joanna Kwasiborska-Dudek

Contact: j.kwasiborska-dudek@adesse.pl

Registration: http://www.adesse.pl/



Location: Longueuil, QC, Canada

Dates: March 23 (Introductory), March 24-26 (Advanced) - IN FRENCH

Trainer: Gisela Regli

Coordinator: Cocon Développement

Contact: info@cocon.ca

Registration: www.cocon.ca 




Location: Sydney, Australia

Dates: March 28-30 (Advanced)

Trainer: Liz Aylward 

Contact: Margie Flint 0296149400; ku.marciaburgessautism@ku.com.au  

OR elizabeth.aylward@ku.com.au


Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

Dates: April 3-5, 2017 (Advanced)

Trainer: Elizabeth Griffith, Theresa MacFarland

Coordinator: Mela Barrios

Contact for Application: ESDM@childrenscolorado.org



Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Dates: April 4-6 (Advanced)

Trainers:  Mary McKenna, Michaela Jelen, Janet Harder

Contact Shalini at info@symbiosispediatrictherapy.com 



Location: Saga, Japan

Dates: April 8 (Introductory), April 9-11 (Advanced) - IN ENGLISH

Trainers: Marie Rocha, Mel Mello

Coordinator: Tomoko Haramaki

Contact: tomoko_h@gd6.so-net.ne.jp



Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dates: April 24-26 (Advanced)

Trainer: Costanza Colombi

Contact: ccolombi@umich.edu

Registration Info: http://www.psych.med.umich.edu/professional-training/




Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dates: May 19 (Introductory), May 20-22 (Advanced)

Trainers: Mel Mello, Vanessa Avila-Pons

Coordinators: Maria Girado, Lorena Beitia, Silvia Tedesco

Contact: evaluacionautismo@hotmail.com ; cursos@actualizados.com.ar

Website: http://www.actualizados.com.ar/

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dates: June 5-7 (Advanced)

Trainer: Costanza Colombi, PhD

Contact: ccolombi@umich.edu

Registration: http://www.psych.med.umich.edu/professional-training/

Location: Sacramento, California, USA (UC Davis MIND Institute)

Dates: August 8-10 (Advanced)

Coordinator: Deeniece Hatten

Contact: esdmtraining@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Apply Here.



Location: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina (IN SPANISH)

Dates: August 11 (Introductory), August 12-14 (Advanced)

Trainer: Gisela Regli

Coordinator Name: Natalia Santamaria

Contact Info: esdm.argentina@cocon.ca

Registration Info: esdm.argentina@cocon.ca


Location: Sacramento, California, USA (UC Davis MIND Institute)

Dates: August 22-24 (Parent Coaching Workshop)

Coordinator: Deeniece Hatten

Contact: esdmtraining@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Application period has closed.  Applicants will be informed of decisions by mid-April.



Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dates: August 21-23 (Advanced)

Trainer: Costanza Colombi, PhD

Contact: ccolombi@umich.edu

Registration: http://www.psych.med.umich.edu/professional-training/






Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Dates: September 25 (Introductory), September 26-28 (Advanced) - IN ENGLISH

Trainer: Mel Mello, Marie Rocha

Contact: Brandy Windham at brandy@blocsautin.com

Registration: http://www.blocsaustin.com/events/esdm-workshop

Location: Linz, Austria

Dates: October 9 (Introductory), October 10-12 (Advanced) - IN ENGLISH

Trainers: Marie Rocha

Contact: TBA

Registration: TBA



Location: Santiago, Chile

Dates: October 23 (Introductory), October 24-26 (Advanced)

Trainers: Vanessa Avila-Pons, Mel Mello

Contact: Pamela at fundacionchilenadelautismo@gmail.com


Location: Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina (IN SPANISH)

Dates: November 3 (Introductory), November 4-6 (Advanced)

Trainer: Gisela Regli

Coordinator Name: Natalia Santamaría

Contact Info: esdm.argentina@cocon.ca

Registration Info: esdm.argentina@cocon.ca

ESDMPlease monitor this website. Training activities are posted regularly.  If you have further questions, please send an email to:  esdmtraining@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.