About RDI Program

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a social, emotional, cognitive approach to strengthen, repair, and evolve healthy, productive relationship between parents and children.

This at-home and parent-facilitated program is especially helpful for parents who have difficulty communicating, guiding, or supporting their children's emotions, behaviours, and neurodevelopment. RDI restores mindful and normalized relationship that feel natural and authentic to parents and children, because RDI's social and emotional connections and skills are the foundation of all human civilizations.  RDI is compatible with families from all cultures and neurodiversity. 

For individuals with Autism and other neurodevelopmental differences,  RDI provides the tools needed so that they can thrive and be resilient in the highly complex and rapidly changing modern world.  They can have real reciprocal friendships, independence and in many cases, marriage and successful family life. It is never too late to start.

Parents, grandparents and teachers learn how to mindfully guide children with challenges to overcome obstacles to growth and development. RDI turns parents from the referee, police, entertainer, and servants into guides and mentors. Adults learn to use the activities of daily life to embed safe, but challenging experiences for the child.  Children learn to respond in more flexible, thoughtful ways to novel, increasingly unpredictable settings and problems. Safety, trust and resiliency emerge as children learn they can make more sense of our continually complex world. Real-world competence emerges as they take ever-greater responsibility for conquering authentic tasks and problems with many partners, in many settings.

Participant Benefit



  • Initiate joint attention and perspective sharing

  • Increase in self-esteem, self-awareness and self-regulation

  • Build foundations necessary for effective reciprocal spontaneous communication

  • Become more flexible thinkers, problem solvers and creative collaborators

  • Develop greater resiliency to life’s challenges and uncertain situations

  • Increase in motivation to learning and for new discoveries

  • Improves quality of life for the whole family

  • Improvement in ability to navigate social settings and develop meaningful relationships

  • ​Become empowered to make the difference in their child’s life

  • Reduces stress and over reliance on outside professionals

  • Provides developmental “do-over” with a systematic step by step parent and child objectives

  • Find RDI to be cost effective

  • Helps restore a reciprocal emotional communication with your child

ASD Parents:

  • Learn about the core-deficits of ASD in order to understand their children better

  • Remediate Autism through every day meaningful activities

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