Standard community services often don’t have the resources to support intensive home programs for pre-schoolers with autism. Dr Giacomo Vivanti shares research on how an effective intervention model can be delivered successfully in a childcare setting.
There is increasing evidence that intensive implementation of educational programs can be efficacious in improving outcomes in young children with autism. One of the most promising early intervention programs is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a play-based intervention specifically targeting the educational needs of pre-schoolers with autism. Research conducted in the US indicates that the program is efficacious in the context of intensive individual home treatment.
However, as standard community services often lack the resources needed to support intensive, individual home programs, very few families currently have access to this therapy.