Authors: Vivanti G, Paynter J, Duncan E, Fothergill H, Dissanayake C, Rogers SJ
Title: Effectiveness and Feasibility of the Early Start Denver Model Implemented in a Group-Based Community Childcare Setting
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2014 44(12): 3140-3153
Year: 2014
Research Design: Non Randomised Controlled Trial
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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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