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Empowering Families through Relationship Development Intervention: An Important Part of the Biopsychosocial Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Authored by Gutstein, SE in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Volume 21, Issue 3, p. 174-182, (2009).

Article summary (posted Jun 15, 2010):


Relationship development intervention (RDI) may be helpful as part of a larger autism treatment program.

The purpose of this article is to teach psychiatrists about RDI. RDI has been in use for ten years now and it is a major relationship-based tool for autism intervention. RDI consultants focus on family support and parent training. They also focus on helping any IQ weaknesses in the child. The author notes that while RDI has not been studied in outcome based research, the thought behind the therapy makes sense and therefore the therapy likely offers value to the child with autism and the family.


You can access the original abstract and the complete paper is sometimes available for free via Google Scholar (look for entries that say "PDF").

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