Showing posts from 2014

Why are there RDI consultants?

If you have had a chance to review this blog, it can be overwhelming.  There are many programs out there that have strategies however RDI is unique as it is a precise program that helps both parents and children in addressing the many facets of Autism.  YOu are not alone when you are doing RDI with your child!! The following is taken from RDI connect .... the below article is here This has been an exciting year for our professional training program as we doubled the number of people who entered training. This was due due to offering more online training with a new hybrid class and opening three additional training centers in India, Australia and S.E. Asia. You may wonder why we talk so much about this part of our enterprise. Our focus to train and equip more professionals in our protocol and model is crucial and allows us to: 1) Reach more people:  There are still pockets where RDI is not well known, or where there are no consultants. We hope to continue to expand our training

Charting out the course

For those of you that like to see a the forest with the trees...  Here is a chart that talks about some of the initial strategies and  mental processes that we cover when beginning RDI.  These are the initial RDI parent objectives. and below are some of the stage one objectives ( individualized for every child)  We will be talking about what is on both of these charts!  Now I know they are small...but they save fine and print out so you can read them clearer! :)

The first week of RDI

Did you ever ponder if you should start something or hold off?  I do all the time!!!  Sometimes Im glad I waited and sometimes I think,  awee man,  I should have done that! This intro post and those after it will walk you through some of the RDI program....  to help in your pondering.  Hopefully this can help you decide if RDI is the path you want to explore to help your child feel competent!! To add some humor,  lets look at this like a sitcom/drama series....Each week new drama unfolds, and there may be a few misunderstandings and some humor along the way.  We can call this series.... Everyone understands RDI.  ( one of my fave shows is Everyone loves while I cant promise this will be entertaining like hollywood,  at least it will have a flare of comedy as Laughter is usually really good medicine)

Not letting Autism get in the way

This is a presentation from the Autism One conference 2014... Speakers are Kathy Darrow, Amy Cameron and Kimberly Isaac-Emery.  Here are two of the videos that you can hear playing in the background but cannot see.   Click here for 1st video and . Click here for 2nd video   .   Click here for the third video/Amy reviewing the assessment ....and this next video is the video that we ran out of time and could not show   Click here for the ending video .    Please contact me at if you have any questions!   visit my website here

Healing the Body Building the mind- RDI

Here is the first presentation on RDI at the Autism one conference 2014...  Here is the video that was played as Kim described the Guiding relationship   Click here to see the RDI activity now shown in the presentation    For more information on RDI visit  my website here  or email me at

Awareness... and the call TO ACTION

  Today Amy Cameron is my guest blogger... Please read this important message.... You will be directed to her new blog at the bottom of this post!   If you are already aware of autism, DO something about it.   Today is World Autism Day. People from all over the world are supposed to “Light it Up Blue” to raise awareness of autism. The CDC just released the new statistics last week indicating a 30% increase in autism. 1 in 68 children has a diagnosis of autism.  ( 1 in 45 Children in New Jersey!!!) In the 25 years I have spent as a therapist specializing in autism, those numbers have risen from 1 in 2500. Clearly we have an epidemic. Clearly it is not about better diagnostics. Clearly it is not all about the genetics. We don’t seem to know what is causing this crisis. Common sense tells us we need to start being very careful with what we are shooting into the bodies of the very young, despite what the American Pediatric Association mandates Chick here to read the rest....