Building social relationships Autism : Social Development

Building social relationships Autism

Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI) is a family-based, behavioral treatment designed to address autism’s core symptoms. Developed by psychologist Steven Gutstein, Ph.D., it builds on the theory that “dynamic intelligence” is key to improving quality of life for individuals with autism. Dr. Gutstein defines dynamic intelligence as the ability to think flexibly. This includes appreciating different perspectives, coping with change and integrating information from multiple sources (e.g. sights and sounds).

RDI aims to help individuals with autism form personal relationships by gradually strengthening the building blocks of social connections. This includes the ability to form an emotional bond and share experiences.

RDI’s six objectives are:

  • Emotional referencing: The ability to learn from the emotional and subjective experiences of others
  • Social coordination: The ability to observe and control behavior to successfully participate in social relationships
  • Declarative language: The ability to use language and non-verbal communication to express curiosity, invite interactions, share perceptions and feelings and coordinate with others
  • Flexible thinking: The ability to adapt and alter plans as circumstances change
  • Relational information processing: The ability to put things into context and solve problems that lack clear cut solutions
  • Foresight and hindsight: The ability to anticipate future possibilities based on past experiences

Though designed for in-home use, RDI is also used by classroom teachers and behavioral therapists. Training typically begins with the parent or other caregiver attending educational sessions led by an RDI consultant. Certified RDI consultants operate in the U.S., Canada and many other countries. Alternately, caregivers can learn the principles of RDI through a variety of books. (See section on Dr. Gutstein’s books, below.)

The consultant may also assess the child and his or her interactions with parents or teachers. Based on this information, the consultant designs a personalized teaching plan. It includes developing communications styles that best suit the child.

The initial goal is to build a "guided participation" relationship between parents and child, with the child as a "cognitive apprentice." Once this relationship is in place, the family advances through a series of developmental goals for their child. According to Dr. Gutstein, this process improves “neural connectivity, ” or brain function.

Parents, teachers and other caretakers continue to apply the principles of RDI in the child’s daily life. They use positive reinforcement to help the child improve social skills, adaptability and self-awareness.

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Sounds like she's emotionally handicapped ...

by karmadas

I've read the list you provided - instances where your gf got jealous. When I interact with someone that has an upset or a problem, I ask them about two things in particular: what is their perception of the problem and, what are their strategies and solutions to resolve the problem.
From what you describe, she perceives that she has a problem with jealousy. Her strategy to resolve her problem involves you making changes in your behaviour so that she doesn't feel emotions that makes her uncomfortable.
The fact that she wants you to made adjustments to accomidate her distress reflects an immaturity and a lack of understanding on her part

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AAPC Publishing Building Social Relationships: A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Difficulties
eBooks (AAPC Publishing)
Future Horizons S.T.A.R.S.: Skills Training for Assertiveness, Relationship-Building, and Sexual Awareness
Book (Future Horizons)
McGraw-Hill Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Maximizing Their Strengths, Coping with Adversity, and Developing a Social Mindset
Book (McGraw-Hill)
Jessica Kingsley Pub Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide to Day-to-day Life
Book (Jessica Kingsley Pub)