RDI® is highly cost-effective, with yearly treatment costs approximately 1/5 that of one-on-one behavioral intervention programs. Once parents are trained to function as effective guides to their children, need for secondary support staff is minimal.

Parental success increases their sense of competence and empowerment, allowing for an easier generalization of program principles into every moment of the family's daily life.

RDI Expenses also qualify for submission to a Flexible Spending Account!

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Education Classes

Are you interested in gaining insight in how to parent your child with autism more confidently and effectively – in areas such as appropriate limit setting, planning activities and interactions, scaffolding (assisting) effectively and not overcompensating, developing a better relationship with your child and a better overall quality of life for your family?

Have you considered exploring RDI® but have not pursued it because of financial constraints? parent education group classes are now being offered! Classes will be meeting once weekly for 10 weeks. This option is designed to be more affordable, and the group environment always provides participants an enhanced learning experience.

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RDI focuses on cognition, experience sharing, flexible thinking, coordinating with others, expressing thoughts and feelings, and is based on the latest research on the brain, developmental psychology and autism.

The RDI® Program is:

  • A parent-based intervention program: where parents are provided the tools to effectively teach Dynamic Intelligence skills and motivation to their child.

  • About the joy in connecting: a path for people on the autism spectrum to learn friendship, empathy, and a love of sharing their world and experiences with others.

  • About changing neurology: a way for people on the spectrum to become flexible thinkers and creative problem solvers who enjoy the challenges of change and who desire to expand their world.

  • Based on over 20 years of research: by world's experts on typical development as well as scientific studies on people with autism.

  • Developmental & systematic: a step-by-step program that focuses first on building the motivations so that skills will be used & generalized; followed by carefully and systematically building the skills for competence and fulfillment in a complex world.

  • Realistic: a program that can be started easily, and implemented seamlessly into regular, day-to-day activities to enrich the life of the whole family.

  • Precise: a method that measures and begins at the edge of each person's capability and then carefully but continually raises the bar.

In a highly readable, carefully detailed manner, The RDI Book chronicles the integration of cutting-edge theory and powerful clinical tools resulting in a program that has provided new hope to thousands of families with an ASD child.

Dr. Gutstein describes the process in which parents are empowered and carefully trained by skilled professional consultants, to guide the cognitive, social and emotional development of their children. Through the framework of a unique dynamic intelligence curriculum, children become motivated to seek out new challenges and overcome their fear of change.

Based on over ten years of research, Dr. Gutstein honors the delicate choreography critical for children of all ages to grow into independent, emotionally connected, responsible adults.

The RDI Book is a landmark publication demonstrating how every family can apply their inherent wisdom and courage to attain success.


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Relationship Development Intervention©

RDI® is a family-centered treatment program. The treatment resources are invested in preparing parents to act as "guides" creating daily opportunities for their child to succeed in everyday and challenging settings, increase flexibility and problem solving, understand social communication, deal with unpredictable change, and develop real relationships.

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Parents learn to implement the following critical steps of coaching/guiding:

1. Slow down, simplify and amplify the information feedback system to allow adequate processing time for both partners to understand the other's actions and have the opportunity to develop mindfulness.

2. Alter the communication environment to emphasize that communication is:

  • based on thought and mental engagement,
  • oriented towards experience sharing and,
  • enables the child to process broadband elements of communication including prosody, facial expressions, gesture, context, and language.

3. Carefully modify daily activities to enhance their potential to provide safe, but challenging opportunities for mental discovery, based upon the child's developmental readiness. The child's entire day has the potential to function as a remediation setting.

4. Gradually increase the child's participation as a more equal partner in the ongoing co-regulation of naturally occurring interactions, which require participants to adapt their actions on a moment-to-moment basis, based on the prior and anticipated actions of their partners.

5. Spotlight competent actions when faced with situations containing uncertainty and alterations from expected outcomes, to make sure that the child retains episodic memories to guide future actions and provide increased self-efficacy.

6. Generalize the guided participation process into all aspects of family life and then into new and more complex settings in a gradual systematic basis.

Research on RDI® Program:

Within 18 months, over 70% of children in the initial study improved their diagnostic category on the ADOS. 70% of the RDI® Program group moved from a special education or home setting to a regular classroom without any special support. On the contrary, not a single child in the comparison group (of children receiving 2x the amount of other intensive interventions) improved their diagnosis, nor progressed into a regular classroom without an aide. This is the first study to ever demonstrate that a clinical intervention can change children's diagnostic classification on the ADOS.

“After 2½ years on the program, less than 15% of children were still in Special Ed classes, compared to 90% prior to RDI. Prior to RDI, 90% of children scored in the autism range on the ADOS, while after 2½ years, fewer than 10% received the autism rating.” ~~ Dr Steven Gutstein, Founder of the RDI program.

“The Relationship Development Program is designed to encourage genuine reciprocal relationships……because the approach is quite different from conventional social skills programs, we benefit not only from new insight, but practical strategies for parents and professionals as well……a remarkable Program.”  ~~ Tony Attwood, PhD – Author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.

“The RDI program has been designed with skill and originality. It is disciplined and circumspect, as well as ambitious and inspiring. It promises to change our view of what treatment can achieve.” ~~ Dr Peter Hobson, University of London - Author of The Cradle of Thought & Autism and the Development of Mind.

For additional information regarding RDI®, please visit the Connections Center website: www.rdiconnect.com

 RDI® Resources:

  • Click here to read the Evaluation of the Relationship Development Intervention Program published by Sage Publications.

  • Click here to read Remediation Philosophy - this document outlines the importance of remediating Autism's core deficits and describes how the RDI® program works toward that goal.

  • Read Dr. Gutstein's article Raising the Bar with RDI® here.

  • Click here to view RDI as Evidence Based Practice for Autism Spectrum Disorders

"...Aside from the improvements in overall eye contact,
Marshall is actually looking for our facial expressions for input. We've also noted improvements in behaviour, transitioning and attempts at communicating his needs through speech vs yelling & kicking. This wouldn't be possible without the RDI
Marshall, age 7

"... Daniel no longer prefers playing quietly alone during his down time. He actively engages us and other children to play with him all day! He truly wants to connect with us as much as we want to with him. The RDI Program has helped us understand how to teach him about this and how much fun it can be!"
Daniel, age 4


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