Articles from Professionals

What is RDI®?

Hello! My name is Camelia Varga and I am an autism consultant, certified in RDI®, who lives in Montreal, Quebec. I have decided to post a blog about the work I do in order to reach more families of children with Autism, Asperger and Pervasive Developmental Disorders....

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How Parents Make the Difference

This weekend I have spend some time reviewing and cleaning up some of my computer files. This blog is probably over 9 years old and chronicles my earlier journey moving from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) therapies. I...

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Thinking About Eye Contact

"When humans want to attend and focus on something, we shift our gaze to that subject. If we force a person to look at us, we are eliminating our best chance to understand what they are thinking." - Dr. Steven Gutstein ABA Eye Contact Video Most people want our loved...

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Thinking About RDI®?

You’re parents that want to take the lead in your child’s ASD treatment. You desperately want to feel competent at home, and you don’t want to pass your child off to someone else, leaving you out of the equation. An RDI Program may be what you’ve been looking for. How...

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Tips for Non-Verbal Communication

Read This First!! These simple activities are great for working on connecting emotionally with your child, and practicing nonverbal communication. Before beginning, ensure that your child is calm and in a receptive state… and that you are too. Set everything else...

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What is RDI® Part II

I am back with more information on the RDI Model! One of the mothers I work with read my first post and suggested that I mention that RDI can also be used with children who have an atypical development (e.g. ADHD, Learning Disabilities and other delays) since RDI is...

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New Research Supporting RDI®

Congrats to all of the authors on recent RDI studies. Our side of the field is producing quality research that is the impetus for us being included in the new MCFD Under 6 Funding handbook (Page 28) here in British Columbia along with our colleagues in DIR/Floortime...

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Can My ASD Child Think Dynamically?

Many people believe that children with ASD and other developmental disabilities can only learn “static” skills (skills that are rote in nature). This is not the case! The brain of an ASD child may be wired differently, but these children are more than capable of...

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