Are you a parent of a child with autism or do you work with a child with autism? Do you want to learn skills to support their learning and engagement? The Victoria University of Wellington Autism Clinic is hosting an education workshop teaching some of the strategies from the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
Our team leader Dr Hannah Waddington (lecturer, certified ESDM therapist, and practising educational psychologist) will be running this introductory ESDM workshop focusing on hands-on strategies for building positive interactions with your child. The focus of this workshop will be an overview of the foundational ESDM techniques including gaining your child's attention, becoming a fun play partner with them, and engaging with them in activities. Getting engaged and becoming a play partner is the first step in the ESDM, and is important to establish before teaching any new skills.
Tickets for this event are $25 for professionals and $15 for whānau members of children with autism. Places are limited to 35 people.
There will be one additional workshop this term:
- Supporting Play with Others (Wednesday 8th April) https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/esdm-workshop-supporting-play-with-others/lower-hutt
The ESDM is an extremely promising intervention which has been used in over 35 countries worldwide. It is a play-based behavioural therapy that targets a wide range of developmental skills for children under the age of 5 who have, or are suspected to have, autism. ESDM therapy aims to accelerate child learning and teach key developmental skills through fun interactions which are embedded in daily routines and play.
For more information about the Victoria University of Wellington Autism Clinic and the ESDM, see our website: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/autism-clinic