Relationship Development Intervention22 hours

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a program designed to empower and guide parents of children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and similar developmental disorders.

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Chapter 1 : Autism 101

Going to the depths of autism: What it is and what it’s not.


Chapter 2 : RDI 101

At FGTC we implement an autism theapy model called Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). Dive into the basic of the model here.


Chapter 3 : Developing a New Perspective

The principles of RDI® are based on a different perspective of autism developed by autism researcher and RDI® founder Dr. Steven Gutstein. Learn about how he has changed everything we know about this disorder.


Chapter 4 : The Guiding Relationship

The guiding relationship is the founding principle of the RDI program. Consultants support the parents in restoring the GR with their child.


Chapter 5 : Communication - Feeling the Difference

Learn to frame questions and statements in a different way to to take a client beyond scripting to communication.


Chapter 6 : RDI® Sorting Activity

Real life examples of the guiding relationship and framing activities.


Chapter 7 : Dynamic Communication

Understand experience sharing, a core element of RDI® and activities to learn to help your client communicate dynamically.


Chapter 8 : Limit Setting

Learn about how setting limits can help to create guide controlled frameworks.


Chapter 9 : Attunement

Attunement, a state of being in ‘sync’ with another person and building the intersubjective relationship.


Chapter 10 : Dynamic Intelligence

Dynamic Intelligence is crucial to the development of the mind and is a key foundation of the RDI® Model.


Chapter 11 : Framing

Basic framing activities and exercizes to learn this important concept in the RDI® Model.


Chapter 12 : Development & Brain Growth

Concepts and information from researchers leaders in the field about brain growth, child development and autism.


Chapter 13 : Growth vs Fixed Mindset

The concept of a fixed mind or a mind that is open and absorbing new knowledge or growth.


Chapter 14 : Dr. Barbara Rogoff

Dr. Barbara Rogoff’s concept of why the attitude of small children wanting to ‘help’ around the house is important to development.


Chapter 15 : "Uniquely Human”

Brief look into Barry Brizant’s “Uniquely Human” and the concept that autism is a brain difference, not a disorder.