Getting started with RDI

  • Look for a Certified Consultant or Consultant-in-Training
  • Read “The RDI Book: Forging New Pathways for Autism, Aspergers, and PDD with the Relationship Development Intervention® Program”.
  • Simplify your family schedule and slow down the pace of your actions and communications.
  • Increase simple experience sharing language in your everyday communication with your child.
  • Amplify your non-verbal communication – use shrugs, nods, gestures, facial expressions, etc.
  • Spend 1-1 time with your child just connecting – low key, playful, slow action — not instructional in nature.
  • Reduce the amount of initiating you do – instead, be available, provide opportunity, and wait.
  • Minimize the number of transitions, the number of different social groups/contexts your child needs to navigate each day.
  • If you have multiple supports/therapies at present, consider prioritizing. Less really can be more.
  • Gradually reduce your child’s screen time — video, TV, computer, GameBoy, XBox, etc. Time they devote to the ‘screen’ is time they are not available to connect with you.
  • Take pictures – put in albums, journals, scrapbooks and reflect together on those moments and their emotional meaning.
  • Reduce your child’s access to objects that are self-entertaining. They can interfere with the establishment of your guiding relationship with your child.
  • Over all, become less verbal (NOT to be confused with non-verbal)
  • Become comfortable with an avenue of video taping – phone, tablet, camera.

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