What Is RDI?
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) was developed in order to add something to the intervention puzzle that had been sorely missing, the relationship factor. RDI empowers parents by giving them a second chance to “re-do” the relationship with their child. The RDI® consultant guides parents in remediating the core deficits of autism using every day activities and emphasizes the step-by-step growth of the child across developmental milestones.
Who Is RDI For?
RDI will be beneficial to any age group and for a wide range of functioning levels. A key concept in RDI is that there is not a critical period for intervention. The brain is capable of growth at any age. Parents are asked to seek treatment for co-occurring disorders in order to ensure that their child is able to receive the maximum benefits from RDI® intervention.
How Can RDI Help?
RDI teaches parents:
- How to develop a stronger relationship with their child
- How to foster the cognitive and social-emotional growth of their child
- About the core deficits of autism and how to remediate those deficits using “every day” activities
- How to foster their child’s step-by-step growth across developmental milestones beginning in infancy and moving forward at their child’s pace
- How to develop their child’s experience-sharing and mult-channel communication (eye gaze, facial expression, gestures, prosody, etc)
- How to develop their child’s critical thinking skills rather than memorized answers to life’s challenges
- How to develop episodic memory and resiliance for seeking new challenges
- How to develop internal motivation for learning and discovery
- How to develop neural-connectivity across brain centers
- How to develop co-regulation of actions and emotions
- To use a guide-apprentice teaching model
- To manage their stress and create a more balanced lifestyle for their family