What Makes Us Unique
A Developmental Approach
RDI® is a next generation approach to autism and developmental disability intervention that is based on the latest scientific research into the human brain. All brains, including those of people with developmental disabilities, can adapt and learn to function in a “normal” way because the brain is capable of adapting to any challenge. It just needs the right guidance. However, the brain will only grow and adapt if it is challenged to do so.
Not a ‘Therapy”
RDI is a significant departure from traditional ASD interventions, and does not simply seek to mask the condition with scripted conversations or rehearsed behaviors, but actually makes neuro-cognitive changes over time that provide the individual with the skills needed to navigate life’s challenges on their own. By developing this capacity for dynamic thinking we open the door to the possibility of a greater quality of life, one that includes:
· Reciprocal communication
· Genuine friendships
· Confident, independent living
· Prolonged relationships
· Meaningful employment
Another thing that sets RDI apart is the intensive parent training component designed for both parents’ involvement from the beginning, and real life coaching taking place in the home setting with the whole family.
Given our belief in restoration of the Guiding Relationship, it is no surprise that we feel that the child’s natural caregivers should be the recipient of the bulk of service resources: Our definition of caregivers includes parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and close social relations who function as important long-term members of the family’s social network. The goal should not be to turn family members into therapists, but rather to guide them to develop new ways of thinking, perceiving and acting to know how to best use their precious time in facilitating the child’s mental growth. The program embraces the premise that every family member is critical to success.
A trained RDI Consultant works with each family to develop an individualized set of objectives that may include simplifying the home environment, slowing down the pace of life, balancing the entire family’s schedule and life outside of a special needs diagnosis. The RDI program believes that making lasting, meaningful and lifelong changes begins at home with the child’s parents first, and that the remediation process should take place amidst each family’s unique culture and relationships.