Blue Stars Therapy, LLC

St. Louis, MO

567 North & South Rd. 


St. Louis, MO 63130




Call: 314.380.3088


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What is ESDM? How can it help my child?

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a curriculum guide of development across twelve domains based on infant-toddler learning and development and the effects of early autism for children ages 12-60 months. 


  • Home and Community based

  • Relationship Based 

    • ESDM is a relationship-based intervention, and involves the parents and families. 

  • Evidence Based​

    • ESDM also uses a data based approach and empirically supported teaching practices that have been found effective from research in applied behavior analysis.

    • ESDM fuses behavioral, relationship-based, and a developmental, play-based approach into an integrated whole that is completely individualized and yet standardized (The MIND Institute, 2016).

  • Intensive​

    • It is recommended that a child receive between 15-20 hours of therapy per week using this model. 


The aim of ESDM is to increase the rates of the development in all domains for children with ASD while simultaneously decreasing the symptoms of autism.  This intervention primarily focuses on boosting children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and language, as development in these domains is particularly affected by autism. 







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What are the Domains of Development?

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Receptive Communication



Social Skills








What is ABA?