RDI, or Relationship Development Intervention, is a family-based training program founded by Drs. Rachelle Sheely and Steven Gutstein in USA. RDI addresses the core deficits of autism and ADHD like motivation, emotional sharing, coregulation and social referencing. We have been using RDI since 2011 and the results are stunning.
There is no known cure for autism today. However, while children the autism spectrum often cannot be ‘cured’, they can be guided and helped to develop if the condition is diagnosed early and an appropriate intervention program is implemented. Once the core deficits and co occurring conditions of autism are addressed, a child starts developing substantially faster and adjusts better to his/her surroundings.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of autism spectrum disorder that affects an individual’s abilities to communicate and socialize. Neuro-typical people take cues from the body language, expressions and tone of voice of individuals they are interacting with to understand how the person is feeling. An individual on Asperger’s Syndrome, on the other hand, finds it difficult to read these signals. Read more about Asperger’s Syndrome here.
PDD-NOS stands for Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified and is one of the three autism spectrum disorders. It is also called atypical autism, because the criteria for autistic disorder are not met. PDD-NOS is considered milder than typical autism, but this may not always be true. More on the condition of PDD-NOS here.
SAI Connections offers two types of programs:
a. For individuals
We design Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) for each individual to help him/her tap into his/her strengths. We help each individual get comfortable with his/her surroundings and improve social interaction and communication skills, along with specific skills that he/she is good at. This improves the individual’s chances of employment. We also strive towards getting the individual on the autism spectrum employed and lead an independent and self-sufficient life. To know more about our services for individuals, get in touch with us.
b. For parents and professionals
Along with the individual on the autism spectrum, it is also the responsibility of the parent and the guide to be involved in the individual’s development. Our effective and successful Family Consultation Program enables parents to understand their child better, help him develop necessary fine motor and communication skills, and live a complete family life that they deserve. Rebuilding the guided participation loop between parents and child is an integral part of this program specially designed for training parents of children with autism and other learning difficulties.
Professionals get to reach out to more families and make a positive impact through our training program (more elaboration needed). You can benefit from the Hybrid Training Program if you are a psychologist, counsellor, special educator, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist or if you have a background of providing services in the area of special needs and add to your professional credentials. Contact us to know more details about the program.
The two programs cannot be compared. Each has its own strengths. Both ABA and RDI are effective in helping us achieve the final goal – preparing individuals with learning disabilities to become independent and find suitable employment, and empowering their parents to become effective guides and enjoy a wholesome family experience.