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Monday, July 04, 2011

Something new I’m looking into…

I don’t know much about it yet or how it works, but I’m looking into it for Mark primarily due his autism – possibly Michael due his OCD and sensory issues.  Just sharing a little bit of it here directly from their website:


“Through its innovative Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Program, RDIconnect gained a worldwide reputation for designing family-based programs. Currently, RDIconnect provides programs for an entire range of developmental difficulties.

Our Mission

Different meanings of the word "relationship" in Relationship Development Intervention provide a gateway to understanding our company mission. We are dedicated to developing tools and training programs that empower parents and helping professionals in the following ways:

  • Empowering family relationships, so parents can act as the primary guides of their children's mental, social and emotional development
  • Creating powerful learning relationships, that seamlessly integrate home and school, teachers, parents and students in a productive learning environment
  • Building effective minds, through carefully understanding each learner's unique bio-psycho-social needs
  • Designing a dynamic curriculum that engages learners in productive cognitive challenges that stimulate neural integration
  • Fostering worldwide, online community relationships of parents and professionals, dedicated to furthering a common mission
    Our Philosophy

    The good news: Brains change throughout life!

    The brain is a dynamic entity. Neurologists agree that the brain develops the potential for rapidly making different kinds of connections as needed, based on the types of challenges presented. Through careful, systematic remediation, we can help the brain develop more normally.

    Remediation implies that we are embarked on a long-term marathon, not a sprint; a systematic process of correcting deficits to the point where they no longer constitute obstacles to reaching one’s potential and attaining a quality of life. Remediation provides children a second chance to master areas where developmental disability would otherwise lead to life-long marginalization and failure. When we remediate, we purposely focus on the person’s greatest areas of weakness. On a neural level, remediation in RDI means deliberately developing the brain’s capacity for integration and productive neural collaboration.

    Parents can learn to guide their children's neural and mental development. If you encounter obstacles to functioning as an effective guide for your child you are provided with support and training that is carefully staged and tailored to you, your level of readiness, learning style, unique culture and your real-life circumstances.

    Our programs provide a step-by-step, manageable approach for those engaged on the front lines of helping children of all ages develop the powerful mental processing and sophisticated neural collaboration needed to succeed in 21st century environments. All of our programs are designed so each learner can begin and progress at his or her own level of readiness.”

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    Megan@TrueDaughter said...

    Do you know anyone who has used it? It sounds pretty awesome, very hopeful! I have never heard of it, but is sounds like something to check into, for sure! Let me know how it goes!

    Home School Mom: Denise said...

    Yes, as for people using it apparently very successfully, a couple people on the new catholic home schooling aspergers list I'm on, that's where I first heard of it. There is SO MUCH out there that I am just now discovering as I'm basically taking it in my own hands. The biggest thing about this program and some others like it is, it is implemented by parents in homes. The professionals train you to do what you need to and give you the guidance, because you are with the child 24/7, they are not. It's kind of like Mother of Divine Grace!..sort of works that way. I like the concept. Not sure I'm going to use this particular one, (due to cost- right now I stick with what insurance will cover for us), but I can use their idea :) Not a new one, as I'm reading the book "The Way I see It" by Temple Grandin (and just finished seeing the HBO movie of her life), and she herself, an autistic, says that the biggest help to the autistic child is the parent keeping them engaged and actively learning and growing in all areas of life, like her mother insisted she be. That parents are more able and equipped to do the job, more than they think they are. I'm so glad this message is getting out there!