My advice to RDI® parents is to make sure you and your consultant are asking, “How does everybody get on the same page and how do you come together as a family?” Not an autism family, but how do you come together as a family?
For all of us who have had a child diagnosed with autism, we know that they aren’t the only person who is vulnerable in what’s going on.
All of these feelings that accompany a diagnosis of your child are ok. Other parents have felt the same way, you are not alone.
When we have high expectations for our children with autism it makes a huge difference. Believing in our kids will help them believe in themselves!
In RDI, we really believe in parents and we also believe that there is a developmental structure inherent in the way children are raised worldwide. And that just because that’s difficult for parents who have a child on the spectrum, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
This idea of independence is one that we sometimes skirt because we get caught up in the daily routine of the things that we’re teaching or the things that we’re doing, or I think we get caught up in avoiding it because we worry about it so much. We’re afraid to face it.
I think the important thing for anybody who is either giving the diagnosis or working with a newly diagnosed family is to help parents know that there’s a beginning point, and that that beginning point is almost always the same
Dr. Sheely discusses the value of parents in developing a child’s sense of self.
Because your role has become the role of a compensator and not a guide, you start compensating for more and more things and sometimes children grow past the need for compensation.
They doubt their own inside voice and they doubt their own competence. They don’t doubt their competence with their other children, but autism is a wedge, it’s like a wedge with glue, and it drives families apart.
In RDI we believe there is a parallel process between the consultant and the parent, and the parent and the child… We’re giving them the tools so they can begin to think of their own objectives, they can come up with them.
Sometimes when an autism diagnosis comes in, there’s a veil that falls over our dreams. Will there be hope again?
Dr. Rachelle Sheely continues her discussion on the crisis after a diagnosis and finding hope with RDI.
Dr. Rachelle Sheely speaks directly to parents about how to move forward after an autism diagnosis.
Age or growth. What is the most important thing to look at when evaluating progress?
Dr. Gutstein talks about the importance of placing high expectations on our children in order to see growth.
Join Dr. Gutstein and Kat Lee as they talk about the KEY to RDI: Your child and growth.
Listen as Dr. Gutstein gives words of hope for parents of children with autism in the new year.
Dr. Gutsein continues his series, The Heart of RDI®
Dr. Gutstein continues his talk on “The Heart of RDI®”
Parents, Anxiety and the Guiding Relationship
The Heart of RDI®
When your child with ASD is trying to control his environment (either his parents or the world around him) what does it mean?
Dr. Steven Gutstein explains why parents are the most important factor in their child’s treatment.
Why do we feel so incompetent at times and how do we become empowered as parents again?
In this episode, Dr. Gutstein talks about activities with children and the problems parents can have coming up with ideas to engage their children with autism.
Join Dr. Steven Gutstein as he continues his podcast series: Common Concerns for Parents. This week, Dr. Gutstein talks about RDI® Consultants and their importance to the program.
In this episode, Dr Gutstein encourages parents that they can enjoy a growth-filled relationship with their child who is on the spectrum.
In this episode, Dr. Gutstein continues to discuss the similarities and differences of typically-developing infants and those who are later diagnosed with ASD.