What Happens When Your Child With Autism Grows Up?

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Bay Area, 2-day workshop on Relationship Development Intervention® program.

As the prevalence of Autism skyrockets, Dr. Steve Gutstein puts together the puzzle pieces of Autism, Asperger’s and PDD. From June 9-10, 2006, Dr. Gutstein will be presenting his 2-Day Workshop, “Going to the Heart of Autism” in San Rafael regarding, the Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI®) Program Gutstein co-developed with his wife, Dr. Rachelle Sheely. RDI® is intended for family members, professionals, researchers and educators and will be covering the following:

  • How modifying communication style can dramatically change the way a person on the autism spectrum relates to others;
  • The importance of guiding and pacing, creating an experience sharing communication environment and capturing episodic memories; and
  • What motivates people on the autistic spectrum to develop relationships.

The RDI® Program is different than “first generation” intervention programs because it is geared toward remediation. “The RDI program represents a completely new way of thinking about and treating the deficits that are common in all individuals on the autism spectrum,” said Gutstein, co-director of The Connections Center. “We are challenging families and professionals to think beyond achieving mere functionality as a successful outcome for individuals with ASD; our reference point for success in the RDI® Program is fostering loving relationships and enhancing quality of life.”

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 education and training about the Relationship Development Intervention® Program to families and professionals worldwide. More information is available at http://www.rdiconnect.com.


Hannah Gutstein

Connections Center

713-838-1362 ext. 124

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