Who has/is using RDI?

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Who has/is using RDI?
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Mon, 01-23-2006 - 3:07pm

Hi Everyone,
I pop in every once in a while. Refresher: my son Jack was diagnosed PDD-NOS at age 2.5, but as he's getting older (he'll be 5 next month), there's a question as to whether Aspergers/HFA may be more accurate....

Anyway, last weekend, DH and I attending an informational meeting on RDI...It sounds SO promising and we're sold! I was wondering if any of you have used this intervention or are using it now? How long have you been using it? Pros/cons? And any other info you could share.

Thanks!

Katie & Jack

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Thu, 02-16-2006 - 10:34am

Sorry I didn't respond sooner.....lots going on at home right now. Thank you so much for the explanation and info. WOW....lots to learn!

Christie

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Fri, 01-27-2006 - 9:05am

I believe the DVD plays on standard players or computers.

We're lucky because the center by us actually lets you borrow the DVD for free and return it when you're done.....I'm picking up ours today (VERY excited!!).

our center is: horizonsdrc.com

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Thu, 01-26-2006 - 4:19pm

Sara,
I have a question about the RDI dvd. I have been hesitant to spend $100 on it because it says something about only playing on certain types of dvd players and I don't understand that. Does it play on your typical run of the mill home dvd player? Or do you have to have a special one?

Are you interested in selling your dvd? I have read the books.
Chrissy

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Thu, 01-26-2006 - 4:03pm

Dear Christie,

RDI is short for Relationship Development Integration, a treatment program for autism put together by doctors from Houston who run a Center there and advise an ASD school as well. Dr. Gutstein and Dr. Sheely travel around holding seminars and offering training for parents to then do this therapy at home with their child, checking back for guidance from the Center. You can read more at rdiconnect.com at their website about how it all works and how to find out more.

There are also a handful of certified RDI consultants around the country, we are working with one who has run RDI programs at our son's school. Doing the entire training program through Houston Center is very expensive, but many parents are very excited by the results they have gotten working with their kids. Doing RDI can also be very empowering for parents and really help build a stronger relationship with your child.

We ordered the books and DVD online, which really do give you lots of information, plenty to work with. The entire program can seem overwhelming, but looking at it step-by-step, it is logical and sensible. We also find what is helpful to us are to use the basics --- the mentoring, the declarative language, sharing emotions and building suspence under safe conditions -- and then we improvise. Much of Malcolm's large progress socially in last 2 years has directly come from RDI at school and from our lightly adapted RDI we do at home, and all the time.

yours,

Sara
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Wed, 01-25-2006 - 3:23pm

What is RDI? Sorry - I'm new to all of this.....

Christie

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Tue, 01-24-2006 - 8:55am

Thanks Sara,
I can't wait to hear everyone else's input...

We're lucky that we have an RDI center (satellite of Houston's ) 15 minutes from our home and our son's ASD consultant for school is actually the director of that center. I'm a school psychologist, so I've been using some of the RDI stuff loosly at home to test the waters and am amazed at how quickly he has caught on to some of the stuff (actually having give and take conversations and a better understanding of nonverbals). So, of course, we're sold and it's mainly a "get DH on board" type idea right now.....of course, he's in the process of changing careers so now isn't the "best" time to go gung-ho, which is why I'm taking the time to hear everyone else's stories.

Can't wait to learn more about everyone's experiences!

Katie

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Tue, 01-24-2006 - 2:31am

Dear Kate,

Several moms here are doing the home RDI, hope they surface and answer you. We have been in the catseat as our son has been attending a private school for ASD kids and the school does RDI all day. Plus they have a consultant as school psychologist who adapts the RDI work to classroom and group exercises. We have seen huge leaps socially and emotionally for our son during the time he has been at this school.

We will be moving him to a more challenging academic school (still special ed and private) soon, and then will continue to do more of the RDI exercises at home. We have done some, and consider our lifestyle to be an RDI one, but because of the consultant and school, have not considered ourselves in charge of the "Steps" etc, so have been rather haphazard about home program. And he has flourished. We are arranging with the school consultant to work with him more as consultant moving forward when our son is at new school without RDI.

Good luck to you. So much of the program makes good sense, and just arranging your lives to keep engaging your son and using language in an interactive way really makes a huge difference ... kinda like magic! The large amount of money for working with Houston etc. was a drawback for us, but the DVD and books actually give you most of the tools you need, IMO.

yours,

Sara
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