Webinar: Coaching Families of Young Children with ASD Using the Early Social Interaction (ESI) Model

Who should attend?

This free webinar is for early intervention providers, interdisciplinary healthcare providers, home visitors, and other team members working with young children and their families in early intervention systems or early childhood education. This webinar series is a companion to our online course, Autism Navigator for Early Intervention Providers – Knowledge & Skills Level.

What will we cover?

The Autism Navigator team will share information about how to implement coaching to conduct meaningful intervention sessions with families of infants and toddlers with ASD or early signs of autism.

Coaching can provide families the guidance they need to support their child’s learning right from their own home in activities that they do every day. The ESI model can be done through mobile coaching (a.k.a. working remotely, telepractice, or video conferencing), which saves travel time for providers, keeps services going when face-to-face coaching sessions may not be possible, and provides services in the natural environment.

This 6-week series will cover the following agenda:

  • Week 1: Getting Started — Everything Grows out of Productive Roles
  • Week 2: Active Engagement Step 1 — Coming Together Layer 1 Supports for a Shared Agenda
  • Week 3: Active Engagement Step 2 — Keeping Together Layer 2 Supports for Social Reciprocity
  • Week 4: Addressing Challenging Behavior — Part 1
  • Week 5: Active Engagement Step 3 — Working Together Layer 3 Supports for Better Skills
  • Week 6: Addressing Challenging Behavior — Part 2


The ESI model uses early intervention providers to coach parents of young children with ASD (or other DD) how to embed evidence-based strategies to support social communication, language, play, and adaptive behaviors in everyday activities to achieve the intensity of intervention needed to improve outcomes for children with ASD. ESI is a naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention (NDBI) that has demonstrated efficacy in a multisite randomized controlled trial (RCT) for children diagnosed with ASD by 18 months. Children showed improved outcomes after 9 months of treatment based on standardized measures of social communication, developmental functioning, and adaptive behavior. ESI was designed to incorporate the National Research Council recommendations within the context of a family-centered, natural-environments approach, which is considered recommended practice for delivery of IDEA Part C services. We will watch video clips together from face-to-face and mobile coaching intervention sessions to illustrate the ESI model and sharpen your observation skills.

When is this scheduled?

This six-week webinar series is scheduled four times a year. Join anytime and attend when you can.

Fall Session begins September 7, 2022

  • Day: Every Wednesday for six weeks
  • Time: 3:30 to 5:00pm (Eastern Time)

How do I register?

You must register to participate.

If you plan to join a group of colleagues to view the webinar from one monitor, please complete the registration step. This step is important because we often send webinar materials to registrants on the day of the webinar. You can participate individually in the webinar using the chat box as you view the webinar in a group. Your registration helps us to have a reasonably accurate count of attendees. If you plan to participate in the webinar on your phone, please make sure to download the Zoom app from your app store before the webinar begins.

We cannot record our webinars because we show photos and videos of our families, so make sure to register. You will receive an attendance certificate within ten days of each webinar date.

Register for the Fall Series

Hosts for this Webinar from the Florida State University (FSU) Autism Institute

  • Amy M Wetherby, PhD, CCC-SLP, Distinguished Research Professor, College of Medicine, Florida State University; Director, FSU Autism Institute
  • Renee Daly Holland, MS, CCC-SLP, Assistant Director of Early Intervention Services Research, FSU Autism Institute
  • Joy Moore, MS, CCC-SLP, Autism Navigator Master Coach and Global Trainer, FSU Autism Institute
  • Patricia Armstrong, MSW, Autism Navigator Master Coach and Global Trainer, FSU Autism Institute

Not sure where to go? We’re here to help: support@autismnavigator.com.