ESDM is a play-based intervention that focuses on communication, social attention, imitation and play skills. Gross and fine motor skills, as well as personal independence skills are also targeted. All skills are taught within enjoyable, social interactions. The ESDM model includes a Curriculum Assessment that clinicians use to assess the child’s current performance in a variety of developmental domains.
An ESDM session should look like play. Together, the child and therapist engage in fun, age-appropriate activities that help facilitate connection and engagement. In any ESDM interaction, the child and adult are both important and active participants. Both partners offer ideas, take turns and share the responsibility for initiating, playing and ending activities.
In order to make sessions fun and engaging, and to maintain the child’s motivation, the therapist prepares the environment with a variety of developmentally appropriate activities that are specifically selected with each child’s interests, preferences and goals in mind.
Parents and care givers are an essential part of the clinical process and are encouraged to observe and participate in sessions.
As the parent of a young child, I understand the immense joys and challenges that are part of parenting. Parenting a child with special needs can make these ups and downs even more profound.
I believe strongly in the importance of parent coaching in any therapeutic intervention for young children. As parents, you are the people most invested in your child’s development and most able to influence it.
I strongly encourage parents, grandparents and other caregivers to be present in all my therapy sessions. In this way, I can model and explain strategies in real time. Caregivers also have the opportunity play with their child while I give them practical feedback and suggestions.
Sometimes, a family requires more specialised support than I can offer. When this is the case, I make referrals to colleagues in related fields (e.g. occupational therapy, speech-language pathology).
Your child may not be quite ready for a nursery program, school or day care. They may need a little more support to really get the most out of group learning and peer play.
I offer various group programs in my home clinic. Children are group based on their age, skills and needs. The ratio of children to adults is never more than 4:2, ensuring that your child gets the support and nurturing he deserves, while also enjoying social interactions with peers. Independence, self-care and school readiness skills are taught at an age-appropriate level.
All group programs are drop-off and range from 1.5 to 2 hours once or twice weekly.
I run the programs with a qualified nursery school teacher with over 40 years of experience.
Is your young child displaying challenging behaviours at home or in the community? Are you struggling to get your child dressed or fed? Does your child engage in tantrums? Aggression? Self-injury? Do you get negative, worrying reports from school? Parenting a child with difficult behaviours can be extremely upsetting and exhausting.Complaints from school can be heart breaking.
As a certified BCBA with over 20 years of experience, I am trained to objectively observe your child’s behavior within the context that it takes place. Through this observation and discussion with key players (e.g. you, your child, school teachers), I build a story of why, when and with whom your child acts out. Using the behavioural principles and evidence-based practices of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), I then recommend positive behavioural supports and strategies that will help your child get their needs met in a positive, appropriate way.
I am available to provide behavioural support to your child at home, daycare, school and other community settings.