We believe that using RDI® as the foundation for the treatment of autistic language delays and disorders in your practice encourages growth and forward motion and in the child. In the RDIconnect podcast episode, “RDI and Non-Verbal Children,” a discussion between Kat Lee and Dr. Rachelle Sheely illustrates how our model approaches communication first, and how other treatments miss that important factor.
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Sometimes there is a misconception that RDI does not work with children who are non-verbal, that this is not for them. But Dr. Rachelle Sheely talks about her work with children on the spectrum that were non-verbal and how RDI® can be used with every child.
What we find is that through that more deliberative process of bookmarking, reviewing, constructing, saving, organizing…we also strengthen that encouragement to intuitively recognize something when we see it.
One of the things we do when we are forming experience representations are always doing enactments. We’re not using narrative words, we’re doing enactments.
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.
There are differences in how children with autism develop, but there is hope for growth and connection with RDI.