Has anyone ever done RDI thearpy for Autism?
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Katherine - posted on 03/25/2012
Son-Rise is a home-based program for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, which was developed by Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman for their autistic son. The program is a parent-directed, relationship-based play therapy. Parents are trained at an institute on how to be aware of their attitudes—a core principle of the therapy—for bonding and relationship building, as well as creating a low-stimulus, distraction-free playroom environment so the child could feel secure and in control of the over-stimulation. Parents and facilitators mimic a child's exclusive and restricted "stimming" behavior, until the child shows social cues for willing engagement. Then encouragement for more complex social activities is done in a noncoercive way, while simultaneously using the "3 E's": Energy, excitement, enthusiasm. If the child moves away from social interaction, the facilitator gives the child their space by using parallel play in order to gain the child's self-trust. To acquire skill acquisition, the program uses the child's particular motivation for learning.
The program's developers claim that by encouraging eye contact and accepting the child without judgement the treated children will become non-autistic. However, no published independent study has tested the efficacy of the program. A 2003 study found that involvement with the program led to more drawbacks than benefits for the involved families over time, though there was a strong correlation between patterns of intervention implementation and parental perceptions of intervention efficacy. A 2006 study found that the program is not always implemented as it is described in the literature, which means it will be difficult to evaluate its success/failure rate.
I think you should try RDI, it seems more certain.
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