Relationship Development Intervention

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a parent-driven autism therapy model which serves to educate and empower families to provide productive personalized supports and developmentally appropriate goals in order that autism spectrum individuals be given the same opportunities as every other human being. Through the guiding relationship, we support the development of a growth-seeking mindset and dynamic intelligence so that students can experience a full quality of life.


Instead of focusing on symptoms or skills training, the RDI® program carefully assesses the foundations for continued lifelong growth and strengthens any areas that may be impeding that development. Foundations are built solidly through the guiding relationship so that future growth is not only sustained but that it also drives a growth-seeking mindset.


The RDI® program is a cutting-edge clinical program that puts to practice the very latest evidence-based research in autism, neuroscience and human development.  Additionally, many research articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals that show how RDI impacts the core differences of autism, improves overall functioning and effectively trains parents. Read more here about RDI research. 



At the core of the RDI® program is an intensive, parent training component that empowers and guides parents of autistic children, adolescents and adults to create learning environment and appropriate supports in which their loved one can thrive. Through their everyday meaningful experiences, parents learn how to influence and optimize joint engagements. Through guided joint engagements, parents learn to support curiosity, resiliency, growth seeking, higher order thinking,  flexible thinking, problem solving, self-regulation and social awareness.

Quality of Life-Focused

By developing this capacity for dynamic thinking, we open the door to the possibility of a greater quality of life that includes: reciprocal communication, genuine friendships, confident, independent living, prolonged relationships and meaningful employment.

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