RDI® Estimated Costs

Dynamic Connections’ services are billed on an hourly basis and invoiced monthly. Families are billed a flat rate for each hour of consulting services they use, including RDI® program consulting. Because of this, the actual amount a family is billed for RDI® consulting will vary based on their individual situation, parent commitment level, and how quickly the family moves through the program.

An RDI® services sample contract is also available for download.

With those caveats, it’s important to have a reasonable expectation of costs, especially since the RDI® program is typically much less expensive than ABA and other common autism therapies that may run up to $40,000 per year. Even in the first (and most expensive) year, an RDI® program typically costs less than $5000.

RDI® Program, estimated hours and costs, first year
RDI® Protocol stageHoursCostNotes
Getting Started2-3 hours$180.00 – 270.00Includes free initial intake meeting.  Review of paperwork and baseline video review are charged the hourly rate.
RDI_Learning Community subscriptionn/a$50.00 per month – paid to the Connection CenterAn RDI_Learning Community subscription serves as the platform for clients and consultant to connect. It also includes useful features such as access to the video resource library, the ability to upload documents, and the ability to upload video for your consultant.
Parent Training and Coaching3-4 hours per month$270.00 – $360.00 per monthTakes the average family 4 to 6 months to complete
Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) 1 and 24 -5 hours$360.00 – $450.00Includes video taped assessment of each parent interacting in structured activities with their child, and the consultant interacting with the child; and review and rating of all video footage
Initial treatment plan3 hours$270.00 Includes  discussion of current status of family system dynamics and written treatment plan for proceeding with RDI®.
Parent guiding and child objectives3 to 4 hours per month$270 to $360 per monthMost families enter this stage before the end of the first year.
First year estimated total$4000 –  $5000
RDI® Program, estimated hours and costs, second – fourth year
RDI® Protocol stageHoursCostNotes
RDI_Learning Commuity subscriptionn/a$50.00 per monthSee Above
Parent guiding and child objectives3 to 4 hours per month$270 to $360 per monthSee Above
Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) 1 and 2, and plan review6 to 7 hours*$600*Updated as needed, typically once every year and a half to 2 years.
Second – fourth year estimated total$3800 – 4400
RDI® Program, estimated hours and costs, after fourth year
RDI® Protocol stageHoursCostNotes
RDI_Learning Community subscriptionn/a$50.00 per month See above.
Parent  transferring objectives2 to 3 hours per month$180 to $270 per monthTime required per month depends on parents’ ongoing need for consultant support. Consultant support is gradually faded out during this stage
Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) 1 and 2, and plan review6 to 7 hours*$600Performed if and when needed.
Annual estimated  total beyond the fourth year$2700 – $3800, continuing to reduce in cost yearly as consultant support is faded out.

Families with more than one child in the RDI® program:  Families with more than one child in RDI® may require some additional consulting hours.

  • Families are required to subscribe to the RDI_Learning Community. The cost is $50 per month regardless of the number of children on the system; this includes all of the RDI_Learning Community features.
  • Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) estimates are given per child.
  • Treatment plans and plan review estimates are given per child.
  • Video and parent reflection review are charged per child.

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