Dr. Rachelle Sheely discusses the importance of non-verbal cues in the way we understand communication.
Sometimes in our lives we have this feeling like, “that’s what I’m supposed to be doing!” And that’s the way I felt about RDI.
Join Dr. Rachelle Sheely in a video interview discussing how RDI brings healing and encouragement for the whole family.
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Dr. Rachelle Sheely talks about the importance of children with autism developing a sense of self.
Dr. Rachelle Sheely talks about what research into typical development has taught us about autism.
A first go round for families beginning RDI® is that they will need to slow down to speed up. Slowing down leads to confidence – for both parents and their children.
Do you know where this edge of competence is for your child? Many factors can be combined to smooth the path that will support your ability to lead and your child’s desire to take on his own learning. In RDI® we are always looking for a way to help children realize the importance of using their own minds, not those of others to solve problems.
Our lives are fast and we all take for granted the things we receive from others. Taking a moment to remember these things and to let people know not only feels good for the person who receives, it makes for a really good day to the person remembering.
Dr. Sheely reviews “Constructing a Language: a Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition” by M. Tomasello.
What does working with a consultant look like and how much would it cost?
Sometimes the best thing about an extended vacation is collapsing in your own bed when it’s over. Jam-packed as many vacations are, the treadmill on which we find ourselves when we are away from home can exhaust the most energetic of parents and tire the most resilient of children. Staying in one place and exploring a surrounding area with a series of day trips can be fun; a restful pace with lots of laughter thrown in.
Play in early developmental is the work of childhood, but work itself, is also the work of growing up.
This summer plan to slow down your routine and with your great kid…
In this video, Dr. Sheely interviews an RDI® student about how RDI® has helped him to pursue a wide range of hobbies like cooking, choir, knitting, and poetry.
As consultants, we are working ourselves out of a job, not into one.
Spring not only comes in the temporal world but to the world of autism as well.
Jokes can be tricky, especially for a person on the spectrum.
There are no shortcuts for guiding our children. Like you, we wish there were. But the functions and payoff of communication are well worth the effort and time they require.
“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – P. Drucker
There is a poetry to autumn that many of us addicted to screen time have ceased to enjoy.
Continuing our series on education as the school year begins, we focus on RDI™ in the Prince George’s County Public Schools
Read one young autistic man’s speech about how he found independence in his life and how RDI® helped.
An important feature of RDI® is the consultant training program. However, this was not in place in the beginning and families who wanted to learn to guide their children would come to Houston, overnight videos back and forth and often fly in to our offices for training. A question Dr. Gutstein and I asked early on was whether RDI® could be replicated through other professionals with the same success we were having. Following is a young boy’s recounting of his family’s work with their consultant, Dema Stout. As you watch this, you will see that the answer to our question was “yes.”
Whenever we guide, we address the goal beneath the goal.
While guiding does not negate the importance of instruction, it recognizes that good guiding is more than covering content.
To continue our series on guiding, one of our consultants shares the difference between a good and a bad guide she has had in her life.
Guiding is a side by side ‘let’s take this journey together’ approach…
We asked the RDI online consultant trainees tell us about a time when they were guided by a mentor who helped them. Here are their stories.
To end our series on the importance of failure in the development of creativity, Dr. Rachelle Sheely talks about how RDI facilitates an environment for this.
Lev Vygotsky, the famous Soviet psychologist, observed and wrote authoritatively about the development of higher cognitive functions in children. While he died (1934) long before the public...
Uncertainty can make us anxious. But for RDI families of children on the spectrum, the use of uncertainty is fundamental for good guiding. Find out why.
Dr. Sheely sits down for a chat with autism expert, Dr Steven Shore.