By Suzanne Monaghan

VINELAND, N.J., (CBS) — Building a strong foundation for kids on the autism spectrum was the goal of a seminar in Vineland, New Jersey Monday.

The seminar focused on a specific form of treatment called the Early Start Denver Model. It’s designed to help parents, educators and therapists work with children on the Autism spectrum who are nine months to four-years-old.

“It is a play-based, relationship-based, child-directed treatment approach. So we use a lot of the child’s motivation and interest.”

Vanessa Avila-Pons is a trainer for the program. She says ESDM concentrates on areas of development that are particularly challenging.

“Children with autism are just as capable as other children with learning new skills. It’s just finding a way that they learn and finding what those areas area and finding a treatment to suit their needs,” Avila-Pons said.

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