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Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)

Having first certified as an RDI program consultant in 2009, I'm pleased to be offering RDI services again:

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) offers programs, training, support, education, resources and community for families and individuals who face Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental difficulties. RDI programs are based on the latest research and help build:

Problem Solving         Self Worth            Independence

Self-Regulation      Social Competence   Stronger Relationships

Flexibility                   Adaptability          Empathy &  Perspective

RDI offers a variety of resources and programs to help you on your journey, including family-based programs for ASD, ADHD and other challenges, as well as a vibrant online community for support, education and networking.

The Mission of the RDI Program is to provide every parent with the means to conduct their primary parenting function: engaging with their child in a Guiding Relationship. This is crucial in order to provide essential opportunities for social, personal and neural growth.

In typical development, the Guiding Relationship emerges naturally during the child’s first year of life. Over time, it takes the form of day-to-day playful interactions, goal-oriented collaborations and conversations where: 

  • Parent-guides learn to intuitively balance challenge and support in a manner that is optimal for their child’s development.
  • Children learn to function as competent social apprentices who readily seek out and actively contribute to parental guiding.
  • The Guiding Relationship becomes the primary setting for children to develop the knowledge of themselves and others, along with the social skills, habits and mindset needed to thrive in their increasingly complex, unpredictable, stressful and perplexing world.

In some children (such as those with ASD), impairments have left them unwilling to engage in, and unable to actively contribute to, a naturally-developing Guiding Relationship. Despite their parents’ intuitive ability and strong desire to guide, they are unable to provide essential growth-promoting opportunities for their children.

The RDI Program was specifically designed to provide these parents and children the means to form a ‘Mindful’ Guiding Relationship, which provides the same developmental functions as its ‘natural’ alternative, but requires that parents learn how to guide in a conscious, planned and reflective manner, that adapts to their child’s unique needs.

The program provides parents with the tools to build their child’s motivation and ability to actively participate as a competent social apprentice – contributing the same degree of enthusiasm and desire for personal growth as their typically-developing peers.

In-home and distance services are available.

Did you know that some provinces (including Alberta and BC) provide funding for RDI? 

Video Overview of RDI by Dr. Gutstein