Autism Remediation to be Focus of Intensive Seminar in Edmonton, Alberta

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Planning is underway for an intensive four-day seminar for parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Edmonton. Scheduled for Jan. 30th through Feb 2nd at The Edmonton Sutton Place Hotel, it will feature Dr. Steve Gutstein and Dr. Rachelle Sheely, the developers of the Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI®) program.

Planning is underway for an intensive four-day seminar for parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Edmonton in January. Dr. Steve Gutstein and Dr. Rachelle Sheely, the developers of the Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI®) program, will meet with parents from across Western Canada and Northern United States to provide the instruction necessary to effectively design and implement the RDI program with their children.

Scheduled for Jan. 30th through Feb 2nd at The Edmonton Sutton Place Hotel the seminar will feature lively discussion, videos and hands-on exercises to overcome the core cognitive, social, communication and emotional deficits that are common among children and adults with Autism, Asperger's and Pervasive Development Disorder. Participants will learn how to:

  •     Change their communication, their daily schedule and priorities to help the child build the foundations of Relationship Intelligence;
  •     Teach their child flexibility, creative thinking and executive functioning;
  •     Develop a “win-win” environment that benefits every family member;
  •     Develop activities for their child and integrate the RDI program activities into their day-to-day family life;
  •     Design a balanced program that addresses current needs while investing in future success;
  •     Move past the crisis state and normalize their lives.

“Our reference point for success in the RDI program is fostering loving relationships and enhancing quality of life,” said Gutstein, co-director of The Connections Center. “Through a gradual, systematic approach, we build new neurological patterns and pathways, as has been done successfully for people with other disorders such as Dyslexia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Depression.”

According to Autism Society Canada, autism is the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities. Most recent epidemiological studies show that the prevalence has increased from 40 to 60 per 10,000, which represents approximately 190,000 Canadians. Approximately one in 200 children born today have an ASD. Some, including Gutstein, believe the rise is at least partly due to a loosening of the criteria used to diagnose autism as well as misclassification of autistic children as mentally retarded in the past.

The four-day seminar is limited to 24 couples and costs $2,150 (USD) per family (only parents attend). To register, call 866-378-6405 ext. 108. In order to prepare for the 4-Day Parent Seminar, the organizers recommend participants first view “Going to the Heart of Autism,” the Relationship Development Intervention program DVD, or attend one of Dr. Gutstein’s introductory 2-day parent workshops.

About Connections Center

Established in 1995, the Connections Center for Family and Personal Development, based in Houston, is a multi-disciplinary program to develop innovative evaluation and intervention programs for people with relationship disorders. Led by Drs. Steve Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely, the Connections Center staff provides a full range of evaluation and treatment services, including RDI. They provide education and training to families and professionals worldwide. More information is available at http://www.rdiconnect.com.

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