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Autism Speaks

Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI) is a family-based, behavioral treatment designed to address autism’s core symptoms. Developed by psychologist Steven Gutstein, Ph.D., it builds on the theory that “dynamic intelligence” is key to improving quality of life for individuals with autism. Dr. Gutstein defines dynamic intelligence as the ability to think flexibly. This includes appreciating different perspectives, coping with change and integrating information from multiple sources (e.g. sights and sounds).

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) now has a tool kit to help parents work with their children’s applied behavior analysts. (Learn more and download it here.) Although the tool kit was developed with children and teens in mind, it also contains helpful information for those wanting to better understand and support ABA therapy for an adult with autism. 

March 22, 2010

Washington, DC (March 22, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today pledged to continue the battle to end insurers’ discrimination against individuals with autism at both the state and federal levels. While praising elements of the Health Care Education and Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 – passed last night by the U.S.