Behavior: Start with the Mind First!

by | Jan 23, 2019 | Autism Behaviors

At RDIconnect, our programs focus on rebuilding the brain’s neural pathways that have disrupted the naturally occurring parent-child Guiding Relationship, which opens the door to learning!

RDI is not a behavior therapy and it is not a checklist of skills that have to be learned. Rather, RDI is an intervention of gradually re-building the foundations of the Guiding Relationship that have been affected by ASD. This rebuilding happens, not by “getting” a child to do something but by teaching parents how to create customized experiences (unique for your child) over a period of years that focus on activating growth seeking, building intrinsic motivation and giving the child the mental & emotional abilities that we all count on to survive this dynamic world.

Behavior is information, not an issue. Don’t treat the behavior but use it as a guide to how well a person is engaging with this dynamic environment.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about what to look for beyond behavior. 

If you are wanting to learn more about the RDI Model for remediating autism, take a look at our online community!

For a deeper look at behavior in autism, click below.

Go Deeper!


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What Nobody Ever Tells us About Meltdowns – An article by Kamini Lakhani

When “NO” Means, “I’m Confused” – An article by Dr. Sarah Wayland







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