Advanced ESDM Training

Aspire Academy is pleased to be hosting an Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Advanced Workshop in partnership with Rachel Riethman (ESDM Trainer). This workshop is intended for professionals who have completed the ESDM Introductory Workshop and wish to pursue certification as an ESDM therapist.

This 3-day workshop includes interactive sessions with a child with ASD. Trainees will practice completing the ESDM curriculum checklist and developing appropriate learning objectives. Trainees will also receive coaching and feedback from the Trainer on how to generate and embed a developmentally-appropriate teaching curriculum into naturalistic routines for young children with ASD.


Date: Our workshop has been postponed due to COVID. We will be sharing a new date soon!

Location: Aspire Academy, 2013 Old Carp Road, Ontario, Canada

Cost: $2,300 CDN (+HST)

Payment Notes: 50% required upon acceptance, remaining 50% payment before workshop

Additional Costs: Participants should be aware that there are additional cost associated with the supervision required to complete full ESDM certification.

A little bit more about the Trainer:

Rachael Riethman, B.Sc. MA., received training and certification under Sally Rogers, Laurie Vismara and Cynthia Zierhut. Rachael has been certified in ESDM since 2010 and has presented ESDM workshops and certified professionals across Canada, the United States, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate in this training, trainees must:

  • have completed the ESDM Introductory Workshop within the previous 2 years

  • work regularly with 12-60 month-old children with ASD

  • have an educational degree beyond a bachelor's degree or the academic equivalent from your country of origin

  • work as part of an interdisciplinary team (e.g. general/special education teacher, developmental/clinical psychology, SLP, OT, behaviour analyst etc.)

  • independently supervise cases, make decisions about goals and monitor child progress

  • acknowledge that attendance at the workshop does not provide certification as an ESDM therapist (trainees wishing to become certified must engage the services of the trainer for post-workshop supervision; there is a fee related to this step).


For more information about this workshop, or to register, please contact Ashley Hayes at

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