ESDM Parent Training Group – Spring 2023

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The University Center for the Child and Family is offering a new virtual session for the ESDM Parent Training Group in Spring 2023. The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an evidence-based treatment model for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The group is designed for parents and caregivers with children ages 5 and under who have diagnosed or suspected ASD or a Developmental Delay.

The virtual parenting training group will meet weekly on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom, beginning on April 6th.

If you are interested in enrolling in the ESDM Parent Training Group, call UCCF at (734) 615-7853 for more information and to schedule your orientation/screening appointment!

About the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Group

The ESDM group is a naturalistic treatment that represents a fusion between behavioral treatment methods and developmental theory. Treatment goals will focus on building strong social communication skills in young children with ASD/Developmental Delays and reducing problematic behaviors. The parent training group is designed to teach parents these strategies to increase the number of intervention hours that young children receive. A secondary goal is to support parents of children with ASD/Developmental Delays and help them develop a community of parents in a similar life stage. Since it is a parent training group, children are welcome but not required to attend.


In order to enroll in the group, the caregiver must have a child ages 5 or under who has diagnosed or suspected Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental delay (e.g. speech delay, Global Developmental Delay etc). 

Participating families must attend one group screening/orientation session prior to the start of the group, to ensure that they are a good fit for the group. This initial screening appointment will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Prospective clients should call UCCF at (734) 615-7853 to schedule their orientation/screening appointment.

Spring 2023 ESDM Group Details

  • When: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursdays, beginning April 6 (10 weeks).
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Who: Parents and caregivers with children under the age of 5 who have diagnosed or suspected ASD/Developmental Delay
  • Cost: Some insurances accepted; self-pay also accepted and is $45 per weekly session.

About the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)

The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) is committed to helping children and families enjoy a happier life, more satisfying relationships, and increased success. UCCF is part of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) at the University of Michigan. MARI provides high-quality, individualized mental health, neuropsychological testing, and language and literacy services to the community through its service centers, including UCCF, University Center for Language and Learning (UCLL), and University Psychological Clinic.

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