From the moment you’ve identified a concern in your child’s behavior, we are there for you.
Intensive Early Intervention Program
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a curriculum used by St. Louis Arc therapists when interacting with children between the ages of 12 to 48 months with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delays involving behavioral concerns. The program stresses that children learn best when they are able to initiate socialization between other children and adults through play. Our therapists work with children in a preschool setting by providing 1:1 support in a small group setting. Additionally, ESDM therapists provide individual treatment with each child in their home or other natural environment.
One of ESDM’s more distinguishing traits is the importance that it places on parental involvement. Parents attend a seven week training course that teaches them tactics on how to better understand, engage, and communicate with their child. Ongoing training is provided during individual visits. The ESDM curriculum utilizes a format that can be used by professionals, parents, and caregivers to work with infants and toddlers in their natural learning environment and throughout their daily routines.
Our program is one of only a few in the state with therapists who are trained and certified in the Early Start Denver Model.
Child development happens in sequential patterns for the majority of children. If a child misses a step, it can weaken the foundation for development of higher level skills. Early intervention therapy helps a child develop higher skills sets for future learning and growth in a child’s life.
Types of Therapy Offered
Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) is used to increase or decrease socially significant behaviors and teach new skills from all developmental domains.
Occupational Therapists assist young children who are experiencing difficulties with sensory processing, fine motor, and self-help skills.
Speech and Language Therapists help young children improve overall communication.
In Your Home or In Our Centers
Providing services in a variety of settings helps a child learn and makes it easier on families to implement therapy into their already busy lives. In addition to our center-based therapy, our therapists travel to meet families in their homes or other natural environments in the community. Natural environments may include your child’s daycare, favorite restaurant, or a grandparent’s home – wherever your child feels comfortable spending time. Virtual/Tele-therapy is also an option for therapies, consultation, and family training.
For more information on the ESDM program or Therapy, contact Theresa Strothkamp, Director of Behavior and Autism Services, at 314-817-2258 or Andrea Seper-Roper, Coordinator of Behavior and Autism Services at 314-817-2208.