I work side by side with the family to draw out the child’s potential.
I meet the family, discuss their difficulties, work with their child/youngster/adult, to demonstrate how to overcome obstacles and to restore the guiding relationship with their child.
Most importantly, I coach parents about how to work with and challenge their own child.
Can you imagine how empowering this is for families?
Hear it from an empowered mother.
Sanjeev is our youngest son, who was diagnosed with ASD when he was about 4 years old. He is now twenty four. Going back through our journey with autism, I can say, I have tried most of the therapy options which were available then. ABA, Floor time, GFCF diet, Enzyme therapy, Music therapy, Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Acupuncture etc. I gave him most of my time everyday, teaching him academics and basic life skills. He learned whatever was taught avidly. Today, he can read, write, do simple math, use a calculator, use the computer, do simple cooking, do hand crafts, paint, swim and cycle. I have always believed in his potential. Looking back, he has come a mighty long way.
But there came a point where he had reached a plateau. What I was doing seemed to be insufficient. He was stagnant and I was at a loss for ideas. It was frustrating because I knew he could and would do better than what he was already doing.
I was toying with the idea of starting the RDI program since about ten years ago, but actually got down to enrolling in the program only since the last three years. I can say, RDI opened my eyes and entirely changed my perspective about what Sanjeev needed to learn. All my years of hard work using different methods to teach Sanjeev, paid off. He had a solid foundation and making the change to RDI was not only easy but fruitful and rewarding. Today, we follow an RDI lifestyle.
The ultimate key objectives of an RDI program are Independence, holding a job and creating and maintaining a meaningful relationship. RDI taught me to focus on these specifically. Suddenly my goals for Sanjeev took off with wings. Now, I dare to dream dreams which I would not have, had it not been for RDI!
Sanjeev blossomed with the RDI program and his progress is a continual process. He has completed a one year diploma in Basic Pastry Making and is awaiting graduation early next year. He has already worked in total for about five months in two food related establishments. He has an interview for another job on the 15th of August. All this despite the many challenges he has like epilepsy, mood changes and anger issues.
There is so much involved when he goes to work. Daring to leave his comfort zone, interpersonal relationships at work, self-regulation and self control, taking instructions and executing them at work, making independent decisions and learning in a new and potentially “threatening” environment.
Being on the RDI program for just three years, prepared him for all this. Like I mentioned earlier, now I can dare to dream much bigger dreams!
Thank you, RDI in general and Ms. Kamini Lakhani in particular, for transforming my precious son and with that, my entire family!
– Dr. Renuka Nambiar
Note: Dr. Nambiar lives oversees with her family. We work online.
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Kamini Lakhani is the founder and director of SAI Connections. She has been providing services in the field of autism for more than 25 years and is the authorized director of Professional Training for RDI in India and the Middle East. She is also the mother of a young adult with autism.