I highly recommend purchasing the book, An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson. The book introduces a parent to the strategies used in the ESDM model in an easy-to-understand format.
One simple strategy to start using today is to make sure to be in your child’s spotlight of attention. Research shows that the more you can facilitate your child looking at your face, the more neurological connections are made in the social part of your child’s brain. While reading a book to your child, position your child across from you so that they can see your face and the book. Follow your child’s lead, watch carefully what interests your child and use that as a bridge to connect and communicate with your child. If your child loves to put the shapes in a shape sorter, join in by holding some of the shapes and offering them to your child, holding the shapes up by your face so your child has to look at you as they reach for the shape. Make sure to use a big, warm smile and affect during these interactions. As much as possible, position yourself at your child’s eye level so that your child begins to associate fun activities with being with you.
You can contact us at Early Start Autism for joyful parent coaching in learning to effectively utilize the techniques and strategies in the Early Start Denver Model.