Connect and Relate for Autism

What is RDI®?

Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI®)

  • Guides parents to promote the development of their child's ability to think, communicate and relate dynamically
  • Trains and guides parents to restore the Guiding Relationship between parents and child
  • Trains parents to guide their child to become aware of, understand, manage and engage with the complexity and dynamic changes that occur in everyday life rather than avoiding them or becoming overwhelmed
  • Educates and trains parents to develop the areas of social, emotional and communication competence that typical children achieve in their early years: foundations that form the basis for understanding and developing with others
  • Is a cutting edge process based on current and ongoing research
  • Targets the core deficits of autism to reduce the impact of these for a person with ASD

Donna Milne
Donna Milne

RDI® Consultant at
Mildura Kids Clinic


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Families using the RDI® process report meaningful changes in the following areas:


  • Are more motivated to accept guidance
  • Value time with parents over objects
  • Are more interested in how parents and other family members feel
  • Show a stronger desire to take greater responsibility in their daily lives
  • Perceive their children as engaging
  • Feel more hopeful and less fearful about the future
  • Feel decreased need to act as a buffer and advocate for their child

Getting Started with RDI®

RDI® is a parent based process where parents are provided the tools to effectively guide the development of the Guided Relationship, Dynamic Intelligence and Motivation for their child.
RDI® Empowers Families to act as participant guides, creating daily opportunities for the child to respond in more flexible and thoughtful ways to novel, challenging and increasingly unpredictable settings and problems. Both fathers and mothers are essential participants in the treatment process. Current estimates of father's participation in RDI® are over 90%.

More Information

Contact Mildura Kid's Clinic or Donna 0438 056471 to book a free introductory consultation.

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Visit RDI® Connect

Read "The RDI® Book" by Dr Steven Gutstein available from Connect and Relate for Autism

Contact your Autism Advisor for information on your options and access to the Government's FaHCSIA "Helping Children with Autism" Early Intervention Services funding