What is Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)?

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) takes the perspective that a key feature of autism is severe learning disabilities that strongly impact a person’s quality of life. These difficulties can be described as a lack of ability to make decisions in a complex, always changing environment. The ability to think flexibly and to learn from one’s own experience and those of others requires flexible and sophisticated levels of thinking.

Because of poor neural integration, children with ASD tend to think in much more rigid terms. They may excel at gathering information about certain topics, but have difficulty applying information in real life situations.

RDI works directly with parents to teach them how to guide their children through everyday experiences in order to expand their ability to work with changing circumstances, solve problems, and learn new skills.

You can read more about RDI on the RDI Connect website.

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