My focus in this section is Robin’s Speech Therapy in adulthood. The Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver paid for her Speech Therapy three hours a week for over ten years. Robin had Interactive Metronome Therapy (IM) to help with her slow, very slow, processing disorder. From there, her therapist, LorRainne Jones, Kid Pro Therapy in Tampa, FL, introduced Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). The purpose of this page is to give my interpretation of RDI and how it made Robin who she is today, an incredible asset to her community who is working and went off Social Security Disability almost two years ago.
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.
As a parent, my responsibility for Robin with RDI was to step back and systematically allow her to move forward. I think it was sometimes harder for me than her. My behaviors had to change. I’m sharing some basics here because it can be very expensive and very difficult to find a provider. As a parent, I feel I need to share. There are many videos on YouTube and I encourage parents to check them out:
It seemed strange to me not to use language, but that was critical, as you can see in these videos. Robin had to slow down and follow non-verbal cues. Something I realized she’d never learned.