Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is a family-based, behavioral treatment designed to address autism’s core symptoms. Developed by psychologist Steven Gutstein, Ph.D., it builds on the theory that “dynamic intelligence” is key to improving quality of life for individuals with autism. Dr. Gutstein defines dynamic intelligence as the ability to think flexibly. This includes appreciating different perspectives, coping with change and integrating information from multiple sources, e.g. sights and sounds. (Autism Speaks)
Renee discussed how RDI is all about connecting, thinking and growing. The approach teaches children how to be connected with their parents, whether they are verbal or not. She spoke about teaching and behavior modification techniques, as well as many ways to communicate with someone with autism.
I learned that parents play a big role in making people with autism kind, gentle, and warm hearted.
About the contributor. Lloyd Ngo was first an ASP intern when he attended Independent Living and Learning Center. He began working in 2012 as an encoder at the Ongkiko Manhit Custodio and Acorda Law Offices in Makati. He is currently ASP’s Program Assistant for Communications.