The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

07 October 2014

ASP hosts a Relationship Direct Intervention Seminar

The Autism Society Philippines was fortunate to host an RDI seminar last 27 September 2014, with Ms. Renee Dela Cruz. Renee is an autism specialist with 15 years experience, based in Melbourne, Australia. She has a psychology background, is completing a masters/PHD in Autism Studies and is a certified RDI consultant. Renee is skilled in functional behaviour analysis; modification, psychological assessments; diagnosis, and delivering intervention services designed to enhance functioning and quality of life. She assists families to move from diagnosis to active remediation, implementing intervention plans that are tailored to the child's and family’s needs. She guides families to break down complex behaviours, work through anger/anxiety issues, discover opportunities to reestablish developmental milestones and guides parents to develop their child's thinking skills.

Ms. Renee presenting Relationship Development Intervention

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.


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