When we’re using our body, we tend to use that part of the brain that manages experiences. Many people with Autism have been taught to use language as a task. As a performance-based measure. They wind up losing the sense of experience. The sense of flow with other people.
The main obstacle if you’re a parent is that your child is not coming to you with the excitement, the motivation to grow. But RDI can help.
There’s still an implicit assumption that people with Autism have to fake it, or that if you just get them to behave a certain way, that that’s a sign of great progress. We have to change it.
Gestures and Autism: The Importance of SELF Communication
Dr. Steven Gutstein explains how the RDI Model doesn’t teach skills, but improves the brain’s ability to function in a way that leads to more successful outcomes.