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Effectiveness and Feasibility of the Early Start Denver Model Implemented in a Group-Based Community Childcare Setting

  • Author(s): Vivanti, G
  • Paynter, J
  • Duncan, E
  • Fothergill, H
  • Dissanayake, C
  • Rogers, SJ
  • the Victorian ASELCC Team
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. 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.

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