Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) – promoting developmental changes

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) offers programs using a developmental approach for individuals and families with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental challenges. It is based upon Dr. Steven Gutstein’s dynamic intelligence model which studied typical children and their ability to become competent in a world of social-emotional relationships.

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is not considered a therapy, but rather an intervention that promotes developmental changes to occur over time by providing the skills an individual may need to understand and navigate challenges on their own. The RDI model involves an intensive parent training component. After initial assessment, consultants coach parents on embedding interactions and activities that promote dynamic intelligence objectives into their daily routines to encourage children to be more mindful. In doing so parents ultimately learn that sequential, complementary and simultaneous interactions establish co-regulation and promote growth and change to take place within their child’s brain.

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) begins at home with the parent/caregiver first and helps to restore real relationships and connection. It is a lifespan model for children and older individuals with a range of abilities and developmental challenges and has been extensively researched with impressive results.

Core values include:

  • Learning as a lifelong holistic process
  • Learning requires exploration and experience
  • Learners must experience ownership
  • Learners must be actively engaged
  • Authentic ‘anchored’ learning opportunities
  • Gradually situated transfer
  • Balanced learning
  • Developing personalized experience-based knowledge
  • Knowledge, skill, habits and mindsets

Link to RDI Website for more information.