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What is Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), and how can it help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is a trademarked therapy for autism spectrum disorder. The makers of the treatment think it’s most effective when children start it young, but it can help people of all ages.

RDI aims to teach children how to think flexibly and engage in social relationships. Typically, it begins by helping children develop relationships with family members. It focuses on the disorder’s core deficit: social skills and interaction.

From: Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies: "Autism and ABA."

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Autism Overview."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Relationship Development Intervention."

Perceptual and Motor Skills : “A sensory integration therapy program on sensory problems for children with autism.”

Autism Speaks: “Relationship Development Intervention.”

Synapse: “Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies: "Autism and ABA."

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Autism Overview."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Relationship Development Intervention."

Perceptual and Motor Skills : “A sensory integration therapy program on sensory problems for children with autism.”

Autism Speaks: “Relationship Development Intervention.”

Synapse: “Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on November 11, 2018

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