Internationally-Acclaimed Autism Treatment Programme Launches at Re:Cognition Health
Successful, evidence-based programme set to improve social skills, behaviour, language and symptoms in young children with AutismSpectrum Disorders(ASD).
We are delighted to launch the internationally acclaimed, USA early autism intervention programme: the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) at Re:Cognition Health.
What is the Early Start Denver Model?
- Hailed as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs in 2012, ESDM is a play-based therapy adopted, rapidly, in the USA, Canada, Australia and France.
- It has been hailed as an effective method for treating toddlers with ASD.
- Published studies have demonstrated improvement in the cognitive skills, IQ, language and social behaviour of young children with autism, enrolled in the ESDM interventional programme.
- Developed at the UC Davis Mind Institute of the University of California by professors Sally Rogers & Geraldine Dawson, ESDM uses intensive play-based activities, embedded into daily routines, to enhance language, non-verbal communication, self-care and motor skills.
- The model employs the natural learning processes of children with typical development, whilst focusing on the relationship and quality of emotional interaction between the parent and child.
How successful is ESDM?
- To date, ESDM is the only early intervention model to have been successfully validated in a randomized clinical trial, as an effective technique for children aged 18 – 48 months, with ASD.
- Benefit was demonstrated in children with mild symptoms of ASD, as well as those with more significant difficulties.
- Evidence is emerging that improvements in language, social behaviour and autism symptoms, corresponds with normalised EEG brain activity, measured during certain tasks.
- Parents and carers are fully involved in applying the model and receive support, feedback and help to understand the principles of ESDM and develop their skills to apply the ESDM programme.
ESDM at Re:Cognition Health
The ESDM service at Re:Cognition Health is led by Dr Dimitrios Paschos, Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Dr Paschos is part of a multi-disciplinary group of experts comprising a consultant paediatrician, consultant child psychiatrist, psychologists, occupational and speech and language therapists who work collaboratively in conjunction with the family and the child.
ESDM can be provided in the clinic, the child’s home or a group environment, such as a nursery or day care centre.
The Importance of Early Intervention for Autism
The earlier the autism treatment programme commences, the more successful the outcome for the child; babies and toddlers brains are still developing and are very malleable, enabling quick acquisition of cognitive, motor and social skills, despite the difficulties due to ASD. Therefore, an early, accurate diagnosis of ASD and intervention, as soon as possible, is imperative to optimise outcome and alter the trajectory for the child’s future.
Possible Early Signs of ASD in Babies and Toddlers Include:
- No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months or thereafter
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by 9 months
- No babbling by 12 months
- No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
- No words by 16 months
- No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
- Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people in the UK, according to the National Autistic Society, with an estimated 700,000 people in the UK living with a diagnosis
- There is no cure for autism at present, however there are several treatments aiming to improve or various problems resulting from the condition
- Statistically, autism is more prevalent in males than females, with a ratio of 5:1 living with the condition in the UK