On the Horizon – 10/23/2008

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Horizons Developmental Remediation Center

On the Horizon
On the Horizon

Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 34: A Brief Description of the RDI® Program

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In This Issue

Unique Model of Treatment

A Note from Nicole: Late Issue; RDI®

Idea of the Week: Cobweb Hunt

Feature Article: A Brief Description of the RDI® Program

The Horizons Team Recommends: Parent Success Cards and RDI® Program

Upcoming Events: Sibshop; RDI® Parent Chat; Parent Day

A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone!

We’re a little late getting this week’s newsletter out to all of you.  Based on the number of emails I’ve been getting since yesterday, many of you noticed!  There are a lot of projects going on around here, and often more ideas than time.  Better late than never, right?!

This week’s feature article provides a summary of the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)® Program.  Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me about this, so I finally sat down and put my thoughts in writing.  I hope this provides information to get you started on the path of understanding this remarkable intervention.

Have a wonderful end to your week!

Looking to the horizon,

Nicole Signature 

Idea of the Week
Cobweb

Cobweb Hunt!

Go on a cobweb hunt inside and outside of your house.  Try using a variety of things to clean the cobwebs, such as:  socks, towel, nylons, a broom, a hat, napkins, etc.  For every cobweb you find, have your child pick a new item to “hunt” with.  At the end of the hunt, talk about what item was the easiest to use and what item was most challenging.  Happy hunting!

Feature Article
Remediation

A Brief Description of the RDI® Program

By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed.

I often get questions from parents interested in knowing how my colleagues and I approach the treatment of autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. I thought it would be helpful to start answering those inquiries in this format, as some of you may have similar questions. Here I will address:

What is the Relationship Development
Intervention (RDI)® Program?

When beginning to understand RDI®, it is helpful to set aside any previous information you have about treatment programs. My rationale for this suggestion stems from the fact that it is difficult to fit a new concept into something we have already established in our minds. RDI® is a unique and different model, and I encourage you to explore the information outside the boundaries of what you currently conceptualize as "treatment."

Continued…

The Horizons Team Recommends

Parent Success Cards 

Parent Success Cards

For RDI® Program families, these cards provide reminders of the main principles of RDI® such as the importance of experience sharing, guiding, slowing down, staying focused on the marathon, finding small moments for remediation, and much more. You will find them an invaluable source of inspiration and guidance as you focus on remediation.

Set of 50 heavyweight full-color cards in a sturdy box with lid – $24.95

Purchase the set or view more samples here

Relationship Development

CORE Approach Program!

Finally – Hope and Real Improvement is Possible for Individuals with Autism and Their Families!

If your child has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, or with a related neuro-developmental condition, you simply cannot afford not to investigate the RDI® Program. If you are ready for a change; ready to step away from the status-quo; ready to stop doing things that aren’t getting you where you want to be; ready to really understand the core deficits creating obstacles for your child; ready to significantly impact your child and your family for the better – then you are ready for RDI®.

Watch the video and learn more here

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday November 1, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • CORE Approach Parent Chat – Holiday Ideas
    Horizons Families Only
    Tuesday November 4, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST
  • CORE Approach Parent Day
    Remediation-Friendly Treatments for Feeding Problems and Sensory Processing Disorders
    Friday November 7, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
  • Beginning CORE Approach 4-day Parent Seminar – Chicago, IL area
    November 10-13
    Registration and Location Information To Be Announced…

  • RDI® Parent Teleseminar with Jennifer Wolf,
    “The Dangers of Media for Children”

    Horizons Families Only
    Tuesday November 18, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday January 17 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network

    Open to everyone!
    Saturday March 14 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • HANDLE® Intermediate Training
    April 2009 – Dates TBA!
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday May 9 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday July 18 2009, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST

See our Event Calendar for more details…

On the Horizon is a weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child¹s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.

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