About SAI Connections

SAI Connections is an autism awareness and training centre constantly working towards empowering individuals with autism spectrum disorder to live more purposeful and fulfilling lives. We also empower parents and siblings of affected individuals to enjoy more wholesome family lives.

 

For over a decade, we have helped parents understand what autism is, and provided high quality international education to children and individuals on the autism spectrum. The encouraging results and optimism in all individuals and guardians after completing the training is the force that continues to drive us.

 

SAI Connections educates individuals with autism spectrum disorder to develop their strengths, adjust to their surroundings, and live more fulfilling lives. We also conduct training programs for parents and families of affected children to understand the child better and help him/her progress accordingly. We uniquely treat autism spectrum disorder (and all its forms like Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS and more) by remediating the core deficits and co-occurring conditions accompanying autism.

 

We also provide training and certification to professionals who want to help individuals and families affected by conditions where the guided participation between a parent and child is affected, like autism (including Asperger’s), ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome and other developmental difficulties.

 

We at SAI Connections, follow techniques which are effective in not only helping a child develop to live independently and adjust better to his/her surroundings, but also in empowering his/her parents to become effective guides and experiencing a wholesome family life. The techniques we use are:

 

  1. Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)

    Designed by Drs. Rachelle Sheely and Steven Gutstein in USA, RDI is a family-based training program. It addresses the core deficits of autism and ADHD, and involves parents, who play the most important role in a child’s development. Through RDI, we imbibe traits of motivation, emotional sharing, co-regulation, social referencing and more in children with autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities. This program also empowers parents to enjoy seamless interaction with their child instead of helplessly watching by the sidelines.

  2. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

    ABA is the application of the principles of learning and motivation from Behavior Analysis (the scientific study of behavior), and the procedures and technology derived from those principles, to the solution of problems of social significance. ABA techniques are used to teach skills including skills of Daily Living.Behavior plans are written out and implemented by Kamini Lakhani using this technique

VISION AND MISSION

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A world where individuals on the autism spectrum live respectfully within society and can achieve a quality of life which is every human being’s birthright.

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Our mission is to provide proven and high quality education to individuals on autism spectrum disorder and provide them with meaningful employment, and empower them to live independently.

THE FOUNDER

Kamini Lakhani RDI Consultant and Autism Expert

Support for Autistic Individuals (SAI Connections) was founded by Mrs. Kamini Lakhani in 2004 in Mumbai, India.

 

Kamini has been providing services in the field of autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) for more than 20 years. She is the authorized Director of Professional Training, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) in India and the Middle East. She is a Behavioral Specialist, certified as a BCaBA by the BACB, USA. She is a member of the Resource Committee for the Forum for Autism (FFA) and a core committee member of China Gate – a support group for children with learning disabilities and their families.

 

Being the mother of a child (now young adult) on the spectrum, she understands the challenges encountered by parents of similarly abled children. Her aim is to empower families and create meaningful changes for those affected by ASD and other neuro developmental difficulties.

 

Kamini is an advocate for autism awareness and empowerment. Her efforts are consistently aimed at empowering autistic individuals to understand their potential and creating opportunities for jobs for autistic adults. You can contact her here.

INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS

Dr. Rachelle K. Sheely

The President of RDI Connect. Dr. Rachelle Sheely has been a leader in developmental and and logistical implementation of programs for families and professionals working with children and individuals with developmental difficulties.

Dr. Steven E. Gutstein

Dr. Steven Gutstein is the developer of RDI Connect and an internationally acclaimed pioneer in the field of developmental difficulties. He has over twenty years of high-quality experience.

OUR TEAM

Meenaxi Mehta

Meenaxi is an M.A. in Psychology and has been with SAI Connections since X years. She especially loves how the children surprise her with their unique thinking and ideas.

Dipali Chauhan

Dipali is a counselling psychologist and has been a part of SAI Connections for X years now. She loves the opportunity to work with the children as it helps her develop a holistic approach towards life.

Dipti Pandey

Dipti has done her Masters in Fine Arts and is an artist. The X years she has been with SAI Connections have filled her life with patience, compassion and love and helped her enhance herself as a person.

Nitin Nikam

Nitin came into this field by accident 4 years ago, and he has been with SAI Connections ever since. He loves working with the children and feels relaxed and comfortable in their presence.

Varsha Pawar

Varsha started off as an administrator at SAI Connections, and now has become a full-fledged guide. She cherishes the opportunity to work with the students, who love her back equally.

Shobha Tople

Shobha is a special educator and has been a part of SAI Connections since 6 years. She has created a strong emotional bond with her students which has brought positive changes in her life too.

Heena Salvi

Heena has been a part of SAI Connections for 7 years. She loves being with the students and even learns lessons from them, which she applies to daily life.

Jasvinder Kaur Bhatia

Jasvinder has worked with SAI Connections since 8 years, and is currently training as an RDI Consultant under the supervision of Mrs. Kamini Lakhani. She is also the mother of a teenage with autism.

Meghana Jambhale

Meghana has been an administrator at SAI Connections since 5 years now. She gets to learn from students every day, and believes that they have blessed her with positivity in life.

Samidha Bhagat

Samidha is the training coordinator at SAI Connections since more than 2 years. She started her career in the hotel industry and an NGO. She loves the positive vibes circulating at SAI Connections.

Priti Hajela

Priti has been an RDI Consultant since 3 years and has an 18 year old son on the autism spectrum. She has graduated in psychology and holds a Post Graduation diploma in Business Administration.