Is the RDI Program effective for everyone on the autism spectrum?”
Yes. We find that all people on the autism spectrum can benefit from the RDI Program. It appears to be effective regardless of IQ, language, gender or diagnosis. The most important factor in determining the rate of improvement is the degree to which we have to overcome obstacles like the child’s desire to control others, and the presence of co-occuring illnesses.
What about older children?”
Early intervention always yields better results in every form of treatment. But, our methods have been developed for people of all ages, including teenagers and adults. The key is not the age of the person, but developing a customized program that reflects the unique obstacles and strengths of each person.[/toggle]
“What about non-verbal children?”
The RDI Program should not be the sole intervention for any individual with severe speech and/or language development problems. However, RDI’s own research demonstrates that the RDI Program dramatically increases children’s motivation to communicate and to use meaningful reciprocal language.
“What about the other problems of children on the spectrum?”
The RDI Program can also be helpful with a number of problems like limited motivation for communication and disorganized behavior. However, children can Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or PDD along with other serious medical disorders. Part of developing a comprehensive program is evaluating these related problem areas and designing a bio-psycho-social intervention plan that cares for the “whole” child.
“Is the RDI Program just for social development?
“While social improvements are dramatic, children who succeed in their RDI Program demonstrate dramatic changes in flexible thinking, pragmatic communication, creative information processing and self development.
“Does the RDI Program replace social skills training?”
We view social skills as important but vastly different from Relationship Intelligence. Skills such as behaving appropriately, following rules, good hygiene and proper dress are essential for acceptance and success.
“Does most of the work take place one-on-one or in group settings?”
Your program will always begin by teaching you methods to effectively coach your child in the foundations of dynamic intelligence. When the child is ready, we carefully match him or her with a peer at a similar level of relationship development and we form a dyad. Dyads are often the child’s first meaningful peer relationship. Gradually, we add other children to the pairing, and increase the number of settings in which children practice so that the child learns to form and maintain relationships in a number of different pairings and contexts.
“How long do individuals typically stay in the RDI Program?
“Treating the core problems of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome is a marathon and not a sprint. Many of our families continue working on higher level objectives throughout childhood and adolescence.