Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

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Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Advanced Workshop, February 20-22, 2013

Date: February 20, 2013

Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Location: Village at Vanderbilt, Suite 4200, 1500 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212


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Gain in-depth training in the curriculum assessment and teaching procedures of the Early Start Denver Model. Learn how to generate and embed a developmentally appropriate teaching curriculum into naturalistic routines for infants and toddlers with ASD. Receive hands-on experience in:

  • Implementing the curriculum tool for evaluation of children’s skill levels across developmental domains
  • Building comprehensive intervention and data management programs
  • Integrating intervention strategies within naturalistic play routines to promote child growth
  • Evaluating therapist technique in use of intervention strategies

Note: This program is only open to site teams (three to five members) and is subject to application. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because spacing is limited and the Advanced Workshop is in high demand, we encourage teams to apply immediately. Teams will be notified in the order that their application is reviewed/approved.

Prerequisite: You must have completed or enrolled in the Introductory Workshop; work regularly with 12-48 month-old children with ASD; have purchased, read and will bring to the workshop a copy of the required textbooks (list below); be available to share your training with others in the area; and submit two rounds of training materials within the specified timelines for certification review in the Advanced Workshop. (Note that an Introductory Workshop will be held at VKC on Feb. 19.)

Required textbooks:

  1. Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist for Young Children with Autism, by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, ISBN 9781606236338
  2. Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement, by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, ISBN 9781606236314

Recommended textbook:

  1. An Early Start for Your Child with Autism, by Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson and Laurie Vismara, ISBN 978-1-4625-0389-6 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-60918-470-4 (paperback)


Laurie Vismara, Ph.D., is an assistant research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC-Davis. Her research focuses on adult learning and treatment of early autism. At the MIND Institute, UC Davis Medical Center, she is currently involved in projects using telemedicine technology and online learning activities for training community-based professionals and parents to implement evidence-based intervention procedures for young children with autism.

Evan Campa, M.Ed., BCBA, is a TRIAD behavioral consultant and assistant faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. She is involved in projects focusing on intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and training professionals and family members to implement evidence based practices. She is currently an ESDM team leader on an ACE grant evaluating the efficacy of early childhood intensive interventions for children on the autism spectrum.

Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) at Vanderbilt. She is involved in projects focusing on early intervention for children with autism as well as training professionals and family members to implement evidence based practices. She is currently the treatment team leader on an ACE grant evaluating the efficacy of early childhood intensive interventions for children on the autism spectrum, including the Early Start Denver Model.

Diane Osaki, OTR, is the Early Start Denver Model Director of Firefly Autism. She was the founder and executive director of the center, originally known as the Aspen Center for Autism. She is a pediatric occupational therapist and has been working with people with developmental disabilities for nearly 20 years, specializing in treatment for children with autism and their families. Diane provides educational and behavioral consultation to families and schools in Colorado and around the world. Her intervention focuses on building positive relationships and the science of instruction to improve learning in all areas of development.


$895 per person


If you are interested in attending the workshop, click the Registration button in the upper right of this screen. You will be taken to an online application form that must be completed in advance. Apply early, since final registration and payment are required by February 8, 2013.

Continuing Education

The advanced course is offered for 1.95 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area).

In compliance with ASHA CE Requirement 3, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center has implemented a process to identify and disclose any conflicts of interest in course content and speaker relationships. This process has determined that Laurie Vismara, Evan Campa and Lisa Wallace have no financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Related Information

TIME 2012 Top Ten Medical Breakthroughs: “Hope for Reversing Autism”

University of California-Davis MIND Institute