Therapeutic Approach to Growth – Miramar would like to invite you to sign up for our RDI Summer Camp! Our camp will allow your child to connect, learn, and grow while creating lasting memories. Children of all abilities and ASD welcome!
Fine motor skills can be defined as the skilled coordination and movement of the small muscles of the hands, fingers, tongue and mouth. Oftentimes parents and teachers can identify difficulties with functional outcomes such as handwriting or self-feeding with a spoon. An occupational therapist can help a parent understand and identify the hidden foundational skill areas that are impacting the child’s growth. (more…)
Many parents ask the question, “How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?” While a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) has many areas of expertise, (fluency/stuttering, social language, overall language development including grammar, vocabulary, understanding concepts, following directions, etc.), the concept of articulation, or sound production, may warrant the most questions for parents of school-aged children. (more…)
In the first part of our “Making this your child’s best year yet!” series, we discussed the importance of using the principles of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) to establish a strong, secure relational foundation moving into the new school year. In part two of the series, we focus on how to use those same principles to form strong, meaningful, collaborative relationships with school staff to work together towards jointly-written goals which take into account the needs and desires of both the teachers, parents and student. (more…)
Parents all over the world toss and turn with the start of a new school year. Parents of children with special needs have additional fears about the quality of their school, the appropriateness of their child’s placement and the endless worry about making sure their child is able to enjoy meaningful, authentic relationships. The great news is that by using the principles of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) (more…)
May 31, 2016
Think back to a special childhood moment when you were able to achieve a difficult goal. Maybe you caught your first fish, successfully mastered a two-wheeler or baked your first batch of cookies. Thinking back to those moments, for many, something very special made that achievement possible. Since the beginning of time and observed in every culture in the world, is the Guided Participation Relationship (GPR). (more…)
April 26, 2016
In our busy, dynamic world, it’s easy to feel like you’re being tossed from one obligation to another without any real sense of control or purpose. While trying to provide the best care for your child with special needs, you may also be busy with personal research, meeting with professionals, driving to miscellaneous therapies, involvement in school and extra-curricular activities and many more things may occupy the day until you find yourself collapsing into bed totally exhausted and confused wondering where the day (and all your lofty goals) went.
April 1, 2016
At the heart of the Relationship Development Intervention program is belief in change. Even before scientific findings confirmed it, Dr. Gutstein and his wife Dr. Sheely believed that the brain of a child on the autism spectrum had a great capacity for change. While looking at the current state of autism therapy, they wondered if this was the best available. They wondered if there could be such a thing as a second chance. They wondered if there would be a therapy that would not only change the observable behavior of a child on the spectrum, but something that could actually change the brain. They wanted to develop a therapy that would allow a child to have access to the most important and meaningful joy in life- guiding relationships. (more…)
February 19, 2016
Everyone has heard the saying “repetition is the mother of all learning,” but new research suggests that for individuals on the autism spectrum, repetitive learning styles may actually impede the ability to learn and generalize new information.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University recruited adults diagnosed with high- functioning autism for a study to determine their ability to adapt to new information. Participant’s processing time for a computerized task was measured against the processing time of a neurotypical control group. (more…)
September 28, 2015
This program is facilitated by an RDI® trained extender and supervised by a consultant (RDI® consultant or Occupational Therapist). Two to three clients that appear to be a good fit are matched for peer interaction. Carefully selected structured activities are provided to promote play, communication, and overall interaction. The focus is on supporting the participants to engage with each other in natural and authentic ways. (more…)