Has anyone ever done RDI thearpy for Autism?

Heather - posted on 03/25/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )




Dose any one know if RDI thearpy works for Autism? Or anything about the son-rise thearpy?


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.[1] 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.[2]

The program's developers claim that by encouraging eye contact and accepting the child without judgement the treated children will become non-autistic.[1] 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.[3] 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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