Relationship Development Intervention Therapy Introduced in India


There is no denying that autism can make life more complex. If you are affected by it there is no doubt you have tried or have a desire to try many avenues to help your loved one. Here’s an acronym that may be worth a second look: RDI.

Relationship Development Intervention is an emerging therapy that focuses on parent- child interaction. The foundation of RDI is the importance placed on dynamic intelligence. This therapy has reached the Indian subcontinent where it was reported in their Times. RDI has only just been made available to Indian children in the city of Bhopal.

Currently, only 3 therapists are licensed to practice RDI in India. Certified RDI consultant Rashmi Dutta will be curating a three-part workshop series in Bhopal which will be open to 10 parents. Their observations will be sent to Houston, Texas, where designed programs will be sent back to help the program take off in India.

RDI, although less well known than some other treatments, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, seems better known in the United States than in India; here the rate of autism is reportedly much higher, at 1 in 68 births in the US compared to a diagnosis of 1 in 250 in India. Citizens of the US have better access to RDI, along with with so many options available here to suit the needs of an autistic child. Every person with the condition has different strengths and areas where growth is more important.

Struggling with applying academic skills into valuable job skills is something that could effect anyone, but this is an especially common problem in those with ASD. If children with autism want to lead an independent life, they must learn to translate their textbook knowledge into real- world skills. These applied skills are what are terms a person’s dynamic intelligence. Strengthening these weaknesses is the focus of RDI.

Speaking about introducing the therapy in her community, Dutta told the Times of India, “Speaking to TOI, RDI consultant from Delhi, Rashmi Dutta, said, “For years, parents of autistic children have no alternative but to stick to mundane therapies wherein there are asked to tell their children assemble puzzles or identify colours, irrespective of their IQ levels. They repeat the same pattern year after year without giving any chance to their children to stimulate their brains into exploring new avenues. RDI therapy will work on the overall personality of the autistic child and help parents bring out the best in them.””

The increasing incidence of autism affects many of us each day. It is difficult for even college educated people without autism to apply what they learned in classrooms in a work setting when necessary. For example, someone can read many books about how to use a computer and know all about the CPU and software it needs but will continue to struggle if their typing skills lag behind. Similarly, your child may know how to be cordial, but their way of addressing others in school might not be appropriate in all situations.

Schools and most therapeutic programs teach us that we each have academic strengths, but application is key. You might find that your loved one is proficient in the areas of dynamic intelligence, but if you think they are behind, it is worth a look.

Melanie L Reach

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