○ Do you worry about your child’s future ability to navigate our world?

○ Has your child’s therapy left you feeling powerless and out of the loop?

○ Are you living in a state of chaos, and long to enjoy being with your child?

Many years ago I was in your shoes. Now, I have the privilege of supporting parents to take back their power, feel competent as parents to their ASD child, and experience the joy of connection!

New research shows that you hold the key to your child’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Furthermore, parents who receive training and coaching by qualified professionals are happier, less stressed and more optimistic about their child’s future*!

The RDI® Program is a parent-implemented intervention. In other words, I teach ASD parents to get back in the driver’s seat of family life and to create a new future for their child. Over time, I will transfer my knowledge and skills to you in a highly customized fashion based on your family’s makeup, lifestyle and goals — and at a pace that’s comfortable.

Central to the principles of RDI is rebuilding your Guided Participation Relationship. By this I mean rebuilding a more “typical” parent-child relationship. Why is this critical? The parent-child relationship is the vehicle through which cognitive, social and emotional development takes place, across all cultures. By rebuilding this powerful connection, your child will become motivated to learn through your eyes as his or her “life guide,” as typically developing children do.

You will learn to use the daily activities of life to embed safe, but increasingly complex experiences for your child.  In turn, he will respond in more flexible, thoughtful ways to novel, progressively more intricate and unpredictable problems. Over time, he or she will begin to experience genuine competence, and difficult behaviour will diminish. Self-esteem, feelings of safety and a new curiosity and will emerge as you give him more responsibility to solve real-world problems. Through this amazing process, he will begin to borrow your perspective, develop resilience and a happier child will emerge. You will take back your power, feel competent as a parent to your child, and experience the joy of connection!

To arrange a time to discuss your challenges and goals and to learn more about the RDI program, click here.

Research

Hendricks, D.R. (2009). Overview of parent-implemented intervention. Chapel Hill, NC: The National Professional Development Center on ASD, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina. {http://txautism.net/interventions/parent-implemented-intervention-pii}

The effectiveness of Relationship Development Intervention® in remediating core deficits of autism-spectrum children. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, October 2004 – Volume 25 – Issue 5 – p 375

Relationship Development Intervention®: Developing a Treatment Program to Address the Unique Social and Emotional Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Quarterly, Winter, 8-12., (Koegel, Schreibman, Britten, Burke & O’Neil, 1982), (Meos, 1995; Smith, Buch & Gamby, 2000;Tenge et al, 2006), (Koegal et al., 1982), Hobson, J. A., Hobson, P., Gutstein, S., Ballarani, A., Bargiota, K. (2008)

○ Do you worry about your child’s ability to navigate our crazy world in the future?
○ Has your child’s therapy left you feeling powerless and out of the loop?

○ Are you living in a state of chaos, and long to enjoy being with your child?

Many years ago I was in your shoes. Now, I have the privilege of supporting parents to take back their power, feel competent as parents to their ASD child, and experience the joy of connection!

New research shows that you hold the key to your child’s cognitive, social and emotional development. Furthermore, parents who receive training and coaching by qualified professionals are happier, less stressed and more optimistic about their child’s future! (footnote, link to research)

The RDI® Program is a parent-implemented intervention. In other words, I teach ASD parents to get back in the driver’s seat of family life and to create a new future for their child. Over time I will transfer my knowledge and skills you in a highly customized fashion based on your family’s makeup, lifestyle and goals — and at a pace that’s comfortable.

Central to the principles of RDI is rebuilding your Guided Participation Relationship. By this I mean rebuilding a more “typical” parent-child relationship. Why is this critical? The parent-child relationship is the vehicle through which cognitive, social and emotional development takes place, across all cultures. By rebuilding this powerful connection, your child will become motivated to learn through your eyes as his or her “life guide,” as typically developing children do.

You will learn to use the daily activities of life to embed safe, but increasingly complex experiences for your child.  In turn, he will respond in more flexible, thoughtful ways to novel, progressively more intricate and unpredictable problems. Over time, he or she will begin to experience genuine competence, and difficult behaviour will diminish. Self-esteem, feelings of safety and a new curiosity and will emerge as you give him more responsibility to solve real-world problems. Through this amazing process, he will begin to borrow your perspective, develop resilience and a happier child will emerge. You will take back your power, feel competent as a parent to your child, and experience the joy of connection!

To arrange a time to discuss your challenges and goals and to learn more about the RDI program, click here.

 

Research

Hendricks, D.R. (2009). Overview of parent-implemented intervention. Chapel Hill, NC: The National Professional Development Center on ASD, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina. {http://txautism.net/interventions/parent-implemented-intervention-pii}

The effectiveness of Relationship Development Intervention® in remediating core deficits of autism-spectrum children. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, October 2004 – Volume 25 – Issue 5 – p 375

Relationship Development Intervention®: Developing a Treatment Program to Address the Unique Social and Emotional Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Quarterly, Winter, 8-12., (Koegel, Schreibman, Britten, Burke & O’Neil, 1982), (Meos, 1995; Smith, Buch & Gamby, 2000;Tenge et al, 2006), (Koegal et al., 1982), Hobson, J. A., Hobson, P., Gutstein, S., Ballarani, A., Bargiota, K. (2008)

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