About RDI Program

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a social, emotional, cognitive approach to strengthen, repair, and evolve a healthy, productive relationships 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 authentic relationships that feel natural and easy to parents and children because RDI's social and emotional connections 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 experience 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 difficulties and real-life challenges in diverse and collaborative settings.

Participant Benefit



  • Enjoy sharing their world with their parents through joint attention and perspective sharing.

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

  • Build foundations necessary for effective reciprocal spontaneous communication

  • Build capacity for curiosity, problem-solving, and creative collaboration

  • 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 a difference in their child’s life

  • Learn different ways to play and emotionally connect with your child.

  • Helps restore a reciprocal emotional communication with your child

  • Gain the skills and sensitivity to understand their child's perspective, expressions, and experiences.

  • Learn their child's "language' to form meaningful and memorable connections with them.

  • Take joy in the day-to-day activities with your child and sharing experiences together.

ASD Parents:

  • Reduces stress and over-reliance on outside professionals

  • Find RDI to be cost-effective

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