What is RDI?

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a social, emotional, cognitive approach to provide children with Autism and other neuro-developmental disorders the tools needed so that they can achieve high quality employment, real reciprocal friendships, independence and in many cases marriage and successful family life. And we know that it is never too late to start.

Family members can learn how to mindfully guide children with challenges to overcome obstacles to growth and development by restoring a more natural normalized relationship we call the “guided participation relationship”. Adults learn to use the activities of daily life to embed safe, but challenging experiences for the child. Children learn to respond in more flexible, thoughtful ways to novel, increasingly unpredictable settings and problems. Safety, trust and resilience emerge as children learn they can make more sense of our continually complex world. Real-world competence emerges as they take ever-greater responsibility for conquering authentic tasks and problems with many partners and in many settings.

CHILDREN
Initiate joint attention and perspective sharing
Increase in self-esteem, self-awareness and self-regulation
Build foundations necessary for effective reciprocal spontaneous communication
Become more flexible thinkers, problem solvers and creative collaborators
Develop greater resiliency to life’s challenges and uncertain situations
Increase in motivation to learning and for new discoveries
Improves quality of life for the whole family
Improvement in ability to navigate social settings and develop meaningful relationships

PARENTS
Learn about the core-deficits of ASD in order to understand their children better
Become empowered to make the difference in their child’s life
Reduces stress and over reliance on outside professionals
Provides developmental “do-over” with a systematic step by step parent and child objectives
Find RDI to be cost effective
Remediate Autism during every day meaningful activities
Helps restore a reciprocal emotional communication with your child