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.

14 August 2015

Seminar on Relationship Development Intervention slated for August 29

What is RDI? Often described as “the missing piece of the puzzle” in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is a cognitive-developmental treatment program that teaches parents how to guide their child to seek out and succeed in truly reciprocal relationships, while addressing key core issues of autism such as motivation, communication, emotional regulation, episodic memory, rapid attentionshifting,self- awareness, appraisal, executive functioning, flexible thinking and creative problem solving.

RDI is a significant departure from traditional ASD interventions, and does not simply seek to mask the child’s condition with scripted conversations or rehearsed behaviors, but actually makes neuro-cognitive changes over time that provide the child with the skills needed to navigate life’s challenges on their own. By developing a child’s capacity for dynamic thinking we open the door to the possibility of a greater quality of life, one that includes:
  • Reciprocal communication
  • Genuine friendships
  • Confident, independent living
  • Prolonged relationships
  • Meaningful employment
(words taken from Maisie Soetantyo of CATCH Clinic, RDI Director of Professional Training for South East Asia)

About the Speaker:
Ms. Stephanie Sy
Stephanie Lopez-Sy, Director of MindFrames Integrated Learning Center is a certified Early Childhood Special Education Interventionist at The Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose and Milpitas, California. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of the Philippines and pioneered the formal study of the principles of “behaviour” and “behaviourism” among children and dogs in her work, “Dog-Assisted Therapy Among Children with AD/HD and Autism” in the Philippines. Teacher Steff is also a P.E.C.S., T.E.A.C.C.H, and A.B.A. practitioner who advocates on empowering parents and their families through parent seminar and trainings for the various approaches on the education of children with special needs especially of those with moderate to severe disabilities. Teacher Steff believes that the best therapist and intervention begins at home. She is now currently the first and only Certified RDI Consultant candidate in the Philippines and is hoping to share more of RDI to parents and future consultants in the country to make a brand new hope to families of children and adults ASD.

Seminar Fees
Pre-reg *until August 25
ASP Member - P400
Non-member - P600

On-site Registration
ASP Member - P500
Non-member - P700

Seminar Details Topic: Relationship Development Intervention
Date: 29 August 2015, Saturday
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Venue: ASP National Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metrobank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s at and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 70 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who do not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 7-903-5496.

The ASP Education and Empowerment Program serves as a platform to educate Filipino parents and professionals on the various interventions, modalities and theories surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their application and implementation are left at your discretion. The views and personal experiences of the speakers are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.


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