Training and Coordination Program for the parents in ESDM therapy.


Children spent more than 80% of their time in family. At home, the child has the most learning oportunities.

Children spend 80% of their time with their families. At home, the child has the most opportunities to learn. ESDM is an intervention based on routine. Where is it defined the best if not at home, with the family. No matter what routine we talk about, either eating, brushing teeth, or getting dressed, the child has many opportunities to learn how to adapt to the environment. r


Majority of the parents state “I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how to teach him, with me he does not want to do it” — it is vital for the parents to learn how to apply the learned strategies at home, parents are parents for life and they need to feel comfortable and efficent in what they do, to not be dependent on therapy for life. 

Experience (especially the situations in which the parents worked directly with the child) have proved us that results are faster when parents learn to use and apply at home the learned strategies, similar to therapists, offering the child many learning experiences. 

Parents know their child the best, are very motivated to help and spend more time with the child than anybody else. The interventions done by the parents can increase the communication and play abilities and the rate of success, due to qualitative and entertaining time spent together.

Through the supervision programmed, the parent will learn how to profit from each opportunity in the child’s routine. Thus, the parent will teach the child how to extract, naturally, the necessary information from the environment, and to develop new abilties. 

Also at home, in the parent-child relation appear several inadequate behaviours which the parents, most often, do not know how to handle them.  Daily routine also comes with many challenges (the child refuses to get dressed, cries when washed on his/her head, eats only a limited set of food, still uses pampers, etc.).

These behaviors demoralize the parents, frustrates them, and, most often, they feel as if their effort is insufficient. The parents will be guided and trained on how to overcome these challenges by using the ESDM strategies.

The purpose of the home supervision program is that the parent learns how to use the techniques of the ESDM intervention during the play activities and the daily routine. 

This intervention does not require extra time. The parent will learn to use the existing time more productively, offering the child as many learning opportunities as possible.

These strategies can be used in all everyday activities, helping the child to be active in the relationship, communicate, and learn. These strategies can be applied during the playing activates, the bath time, at mealtime, and any moment that the parent interacts with the child. Similar to neurotypical children, the child with autism learns each moment, not only during the therapeutic intervention.

The ESDM strategies help the child to be actively engaged in communication and learning, thus, building his/her primary social abilities: imitation, joint attention, gesture communication, voice, body language, and learns how to play with other persons variedly.

Parents learn how to become the playtime partners of their child, being guided on how to build highly motivating play activities. These strategies will help the parent find fun activities through which the child develops his/her social interest and attention. It is also crucial to consider the interests of the child. The parents will know how to experiment with new learning opportunities.  

How are we doing this?

• It starts with a training in the ESDM method, offered to the family. The parents will familiarise with the basic principles and techniques used in ESDM.

• The supervisor will guide and teach the parents how to listen to and increase the interest of the child in play activities.

• The parent will be guided on how to to build playing activities through which the child will benefit from as many learning opportunities as possible.

• Weekly, the parent, sends one 30 minutes movie, either with each play activity, or with the exact moments in which daily routine difficulties arise, or both. This is established based on the priorities and necessities of the parent. 

• After watching the movie, the supervisor offers written feedback to the parent.

• After reading the written feedback, it will be detailed and discussed during a telephone meeting.

• This supervision will take place 2 h per week.


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