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Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is a therapy that involves parents (or significant carers and teachers) in the process of learning and development of their child. RDI is about teaching parents and their children about developing the child’s relationship, communication skills and flexible thinking skills. Behaviour is worked on by setting limits and focusing on developing competency as well as looks closely at how parents respond to their child and work accordingly with them.
We offer a wide range of support for children, teenagers & adults with additional needs. We recognise that each individual is unique & so we provide individualised services and programs that are specific to the client.
Our support workers can also extend our RDI program. Interactions are focused on extending the ability of the individual, assisting them at home, school or their community. We take pride in supporting individuals & their support network to achieve their best possible outcomes.
Our Therapy Assistants help participants develop, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. Our therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to participants to support their current therapeutic programs within the community, early education setting, primary and secondary school and their home.
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system to introduce a sense of safety and therefore the ability to socially engage. SSP not only aids the client to better interpret speech, but also the emotional meaning of language.
We use a non reactive and guided approach to working with challenging behaviours. We recognise behaviour as a form of communication and as such work in conjunction with our clients, families and carers on developing strategies to support maximising competency and ability to have success in daily life.
We work with parents to educate and grow an understanding about how we can help our children learn & problem solve in the real world. We support parents with strategies that reduce challenging behaviour, promote self-regulation, flexibility & problem solving. We also teach parents how to help their children engage with others, think for themselves & feel competent. Our aim is to grow & develop family units by teaching consistent solutions & strategies that lead to a happier home environment.
RIse & Shine Disability Support is passionate about the continued education of our communities' teachers, professionals and disability support workers. If you are looking to learn more about how to support a person in your care, understanding autism, managing challenging behaviours, communication and engagement, we are able to tailor a training program to your individual or organisational needs.
A Support Coordinator works with individuals to formalise a support plan and help them to engage different supports. The aim of a Support Coordinator is to build capacity in different individuals with a disability or people with mental health issues. Self-Managed NDIS participants can also access our Support coordination services.
Did you know that Rise & Shine also offer NDIS Plan Management?
Our Plan Management team will support you in managing your NDIS funds and will handle the day-to-day administration that comes with an NDIS plan, such as processing invoices and keeping track of your available funds. Click the image above to learn more. Click for more
Relationship Development Intervention or RDI, is an interactive therapy model that involves parents (or significant carers and teachers) in the process of learning and the development of their loved one. RDI is about coaching parents and their children to build and develop relationship, communication and flexible thinking skills.
The RDI Program helps people with Autism and related disorders develop their ability to function successfully in a complex and ever-changing world, rather than becoming overwhelmed and using avoidance behaviours. It provides the social and emotional development needed for understanding relationships with other people. Behaviour is worked on in a less reactive manner by focusing on developing competency. RDI looks closely at how parents respond to their child and works accordingly with them.
This program is great for children, teenagers and adults, with some families beginning as soon as there are suspicions of developmental milestones not being met. The therapy is based on an apprenticeship-type model called “guided participation” which is where the child willingly takes on board their parents guidance or a more experienced person in their life.
The RDI Program follows the sequence of developmental stages to make sure that every child has the developmental foundations to allow them to make cognitive discoveries. With the parents’ guidance, the child will slowly move towards increased flexibility, motivation to learn from others, development of meaningful relationships (with parents, friends, partners), employment, and “real” independence.
RDI encourages decision-making and is about helping the person to be able to make choices in their life. It is not about giving external rewards even though this might be appealing for some. The program helps participants to learn intrinsic motivation so they are not just relying on external validation such as praise.
As an RDI Consultant, we coach parents to communicate, play and use daily routines in a way that promotes self regulation, flexibility and problem solving. In this way, children’s stress-points are respected while they are also challenged to engage with others, think for themselves, feel competent and develop self-awareness and self-esteem.
Children who have undergone the RDI® Program show:
- Dramatic improvement in meaningful reciprocal communication
- Desire and skills to share their experiences with others
- Genuine curiosity and motivation to learn and grow
- Ability to adapt and be flexible
They develop and maintain a feeling of competence and healthy empowerment. Family life becomes more relaxed, and everyone no longer feels like they are walking on eggshells to keep life manageable and focused in a more productive manner.
Overview of RDI
A parent-based intervention - Empowering parents with the tools to effectively teach flexibility, experience sharing and motivation to their child
About neural development - “The brain is also dynamic, meaning that it is forever in a state of change” Daniel Siegel (1999). The way that adults interact with children is the greatest influence of the child’s neural development.
Developmental and systematic - A step-by-step approach that first focuses on building motivation for social learning to occur, followed by carefully and systematically building the ability for competence and fulfilment in a complex world
Realistic - A program that can be started simply, and be implemented seamlessly into regular, day-to- day activities to enrich the life of the whole family
Precise - A method that measures and begins at the edge of each person’s capability and then carefully but continuously raises the bar.