Relationships Development Intervention® is an intervention aimed at improving a child’s ability to learn social skills and develop relationships with others. Therapists train parents, who then work with their child using strategies taught by the therapist. This parent-led approach is most suited to children with high functioning autism. Strategies include looking for opportunities to practice communication, encouraging the sharing of feelings, and focussing on speed/ pace of conversations.
- Supporting Evidence/ Likely treatment success
- Promising results from some research, however more high quality research studies are required.
- Link to more information
- Video case-study of child learning communication skills through RDI: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J4IvnUCwdA
Number of participation hours required
|Notes: Requires ongoing practice and reinforcement of skills learned in the home environment in order to be effective.|
Cost of intervention per week
|$0-$30||$30 – $80||$80 – $100||$100 – $120||$120 +|
|Notes: Fees include training, manuals and ongoing therapist support.|
Home, Clinic, or both?
|Home-based||Clinic or centre-based||Both or it doesn’t matter.|
|Possible pros of this intervention||Possible cons of this intervention|
|Learnt skills such as:
These learnt skills are all transferrable to daily interactions.
|High level of cost for assessment and ongoing monthly support over a period of time.|