And in order to benefit from the MindGuiding relationship the child (apprentice) needs to have formed certain foundations. Here are the Foundations of a mental apprentice and how to help lay them.
The RDI Program approaches intervention in the essential areas of teaching, building foundations, and creating growth through problem resolution.
Looking for an effective developmental model that will help your child with autism reach their potential? Scaffolding Towards Independence Scaffolding allows the student to gain independence by...
Mindful Guiding is not conducted in a spontaneous, seat-of manner. Rather, it takes place during guiding engagements.
Problem behavior, typically thought of as “ASD Behavior”, is both voluntary and involuntary action that autistic children resort to as a coping mechanism in their environment. Positive behavior, signs that your child with ASD listens, watches, responds, and eagerly wants to be a part of the learning and growth process is what we encourage in our treatment. Our program is not one of behavior modification, nor are we a textbook program that treats behavior in autism based on age-related standards. We treat behavior as information.
Are you working remotely with your child’s autism specialist or consultant? We have some tips to help you get the most out of each session!
It’s Monday—like no Monday we’ve ever known. As this RDI mother and son work together to make a pizza, the boy is introduced to a cheese shredder. Does it have a battery? He asks. There are many...
Using a Thoughtful Language Style to Help Kids with Social Learning Challenges Feel Competent, Connected and Understood!
Without the ability to learn from your past experiences and use your episodic memory to make choices, you can become rigid and inflexible and nonfunctional.
Welcome to our series on The Power of Episodic Memory in Autism. This is part one of a three part series written by Certified RDI® consultants Sharon Bradbrook-Armit and Kathy Darrow....
When our body and brain are under a great deal of stress, we lose the ability to learn from our environment in that moment and so do our children.
Mental growth only happens when a learner is mentally challenged.
RDI® has often been called the missing piece of the puzzle in treating ASD because we don’t try to whitewash symptoms, but go to the heart of the problem and offer solutions that will improve your family’s quality of life.
With Relationship Development Intervention, our consultants help parents move from the difficulty of diagnosis and gain the tools to become an effective guide to your child.
This blog post was originally posted on the website of RDI® Certified Consultant Melissa Reiner. You can read the original here. As a parent, I hear myself often pleading with my child to be a first...
The parent-infant guiding relationship is akin to the interplay between different components of a guided rocket. The success of parent efforts at promoting the growth of their infants...
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...
This guest blog post was written by RDI® certified consultant Amber Hasbun. “Ugh... My video was due yesterday.” As RDI parent you’ve been there before. You’ve gone through the cycle of dread,...
This blog post was originally posted on the brightsideoflife.com. It was also posted on the RDIconnect blog page in May, 2015. Mindful Parenting Mindful parenting sounds so easy, however, unless you...
What challenges are normal when it comes to Guiding your child with autism?
Even though it is hard, you have to let your children experience failure, especially when they have autism.
Tips to help adults and children self regulate and why self regulation is important.
In truth, doesn’t the lack of practice at bouncing back from failure (in children on the autism spectrum) actually increase emotional fragility and decrease resilience?
Mindfully using declarative language for better communication!
You have permission to slow down!
We can help our kids with ASD become on-line problem solvers by including them in our own problem solving opportunities…
Keep practicing… at home, at the shopping mall, the beachfront…. wherever we are!
One of the biggest shifts that social partners need to make in order to support a child with ASD is in their own communication.
As we move and do things throughout our life, we are creating a story about ourselves.
By slowly imbedding challenges within the pattern it allows the pattern to become dynamic rather than a static experience.
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Here are some simple ways to incorporate RDI into everyday life right now!
Using non-verbal communication, pausing & pacing to seek & share emotional reactions.
It took me years to learn that it’s easy to make a child ‘do something’. The difficulty lies in awakening the spirit in them to want to do things on their own.
At the heart of the RDI program is our consultants and their hard work in helping families.
Learn how to use praise in an effective manner.
The parent guiding relationship is essential for activating growth-seeking.
We know kids with autism fall off the typical developmental pathway and RDI asks, “How do we put them back on that path?”
Co regulation is the simplest form or the prototype of communication.
RDI: Giving parents the confidence to move forward.
In the RDI Program, one of the first goals is to create space to be present with your child.
One family’s story on how slowing down, helped them to speed up.
How does RDI affect a neurotypical family? RDI consultant Jennifer Collier shares.
It’s easy to give up after an autism diagnosis. Here is one parent’s story of how RDI gave them back hope.
Understanding a family as a whole can better the consultation process and provide for a more meaningful experience.