This is the second post written by RDI consultant, Kristine Mastanardo on Redefining autism. Read part one here.

Next steps: Dynamic Intelligence Curriculum

At age 16 we continued our journey with RDI and the Dynamic Intelligence Curriculum. The Dynamic Intelligence Curriculum is for kids who have established the guiding relationship with their parent or guide and are ready to begin taking more responsibility for their growth and self-development.

The main goal of the DI Curriculum is to create an organized system of stored knowledge about one’s self. An external representation of knowledge that you can draw from when planning and preparing for future challenges. The goal is to learn about yourself in relation to the world and your relationship with other people in your world in a way that will benefit you in the future, to make you a more competent, successful person.

It sounds complicated but it isn’t. It actually is an essential tool for all people on the autism spectrum as a universal deficit among people on the spectrum is their inability to learn from past experiences and apply this information to future situations.

No wonder my son would say, “Life is hard for me”, “I should have known that”, “Why am I so stupid?” He was lost and confused and he knew it, but he didn’t know what to do about it, until now.

Now he routinely saves information from experiences he has. He stores the information, categories it, matches it with similar experiences, updates this knowledge and plans for upcoming challenges and situations. In a word, he is EMPOWERED. And I must admit, it is awesome to see!

To me that is redefining autism in a nutshell:

Empowering parents! Empowering kids! Becoming the best person they can be!

*The Relation between Severity of Autism and Caregiver-Child Interaction: a Study in the Context of Relationship Development Intervention
Jessica A. Hobson , Laura Tarver, Nicole Beurkens, R. Peter Hobson

To Learn More

Redefining Autism: RDI 2-Day Workshop
May 14th &15th 8am-4pm
Kean University, N.J.

Learn how you can build a true relationship with their child that enables the development of reciprocal communication, friendships, a self identity, perspective taking, emotional regulation, and ability for students to learn from their experiences. Through RDI, students begin to see themselves as competent, independent, decision makers capable of becoming who they want to be personally and in relationship with others while developing the capacity for personal fulfillment and meaningful employment.

This workshop will feature:

  • Current research in the field of autism and brain development and the implications for intervention
  • Relationship Development Intervention, RDI a next generation developmental approach to autism
  • The latest developments of ®RDI including the new Dynamic Intelligence Curriculum which teaches students how to learn from their own experiences to prepare for future challenges and accomplish personal goals
  • Presented by Dr. Steven E. Gutstein, Ph. D. plus highlighted video from case consults with RDI Consultants of students of varied ages and ability levels


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