Frequently Asked Questions
What is ESDM?
The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a comprehensive early intervention program for toddlers and pre-schoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The program uses developmental and behavioral approaches, focusing on social learning and social-cognitive development, to increase communication, imitation, sharing, joint attention and play. Goals are based on the child’s strengths and weaknesses. (Credit: Interacting with Autism)
Where can I learn more about ESDM and other programs offered by School of Imagination?
Please see these sources for more information: Time Magazine - Hope for Reversing Autism; Pediatrics - Study: Intervention for Toddlers With Autism: The Early Start Denver Model; Autism Speaks - Early Intervention For Toddlers With Autism Highly Effective, Study Finds; Interacting with Autism; and School of Imagination.
How do I ensure my child’s treating therapist is using the same strategies so we see the greatest progress?
In addition to parent training, Charlene will collaborate with your child's Happy Talkers therapists and teachers at no additional charge.
Will insurance reimburse for the cost of the program?
Yes, in many cases. Parents are encouraged to check with their insurance provider to potentially cover costs under speech-language therapy. We will gladly provide superbills for the sessions to assist with reimbursement.
What are the qualifications of the instructors?
Charlene Sigman, a certified ESDM therapist, speech-language pathologist and preschool site director, created the Happy Talkers program from her home in 2001. Within a few short months, everyone was knocking on her door after hearing of her inclusive environment and remarkable outcomes. Today, Charlene is an industry pioneer in the field of education, having created the award-winning organization, the School of Imagination in 2006 and coaching thousands of parents and educators to bring out the extraordinary in every child.
Dr. Sumit Sen, a board-certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been taking care of children on the autism spectrum for over 10 years while applying cutting-edge evidence-based research. He has received training at the University of Washington Autism Center, and has organized autism workshops at the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Developmental Pediatrics Subcommittee of the California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What will be the cost of the program?
The cost of the 12-week program is $1,200, payable by check or credit card, installments upon request.