relationship Development Intervention (RDI)


Pioneered by Dr. Stephen Gutstein, RDI is based on the idea that children with autism can be “remediated” by teaching them the developmental steps that they have missed. This is done by slowing them down, and taking the children through them with specially designed exercises. Unlike ABA, there is no team of therapists – the exercises are done by the parents in the context of everyday activities. Videos are taken an uploaded to a special website, so that they can be viewed remotely by a consultant who supervises the next steps in the programme.

Background to RDI is on Dr Gutstein’s website RDIconnect and on YouTube. In the UK, RDI is provided by Think Autism.