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Active Learning and RDI Therapy (Relationship Development Intervention)

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1 year 4 months ago #1348 by Debbie Z
Debbie Z created the topic: Active Learning and RDI Therapy (Relationship Development Intervention)
Are you familiar with RDI therapy, what are your thoughts, especially for older children who have done AL for years and are looking for older themed/joint projects to do together? We have been doing Active Learning since we had the blessing to attend Lilli's last American AL Conference back in 2005. My son is now 14 years old (CVI, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, multiple chronic medical conditions) and has become extremely interested in the "shared work" phase of development. We find that he often doesn't know what he can do in a shared project, nor do the partners have any idea (for example at school and respite caregivers). This has resulted in a lot of yelling behaviors or passivity from our son. We wanted to find some new ideas for what kind of activities that we can do with him so he gets the relational benefit that he craves, while using the Active Learning philosophy. We have recently had him assessed for RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) and am hoping we can get help finding shared tasks that our son can do that are more chore/teen/mainstream activity that other peers/caregivers/family (nondisabled) would like to do with him. Was just wondering if anyone here has a child doing RDI and what are your thoughts?
Thanks for your time. Active Learning has changed our life and is present in everything we do...

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1 year 4 months ago #1353 by Charlotte Cushman
Charlotte Cushman replied the topic: Active Learning and RDI Therapy (Relationship Development Intervention)
Thank you for your question, Debbie. I know that RDI can be effective with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and it seems that there is some overlap with Active Learning. You may wish to have a look at the page on Sharing the Work on this site: www.activelearningspace.org/five-phases-...e-4-sharing-the-work There is a video that may be helpful for peers, caregivers and family members to watch and to discuss with them some of the key points. If you watch the video of the boy making a puppet, you will see that it's not the actual activity of making the puppet that makes it an Active Learning activity, but rather it's the APPROACH to the activity.

There is also a mini "lecture" by Patty Obrzut library.tsbvi.edu/Player/Chapter/3577 that provides a good overview of Sharing the Work and provides some background to the craft activity in the other video. She explains the way that she has prepared for the activity ahead of time by getting out the supplies, etc. She goes on to explain the way that she switches between different stages of educational techniques during the activity, including offering, imitation, and imitation, in addition to sharing the work. She explains the way that she asked the child to help with specific parts of the task, such as gluing the eyes on the face or to pick out the next color for the nose. Patty asks the child to perform many small tasks throughout, so that he could be successful at the project. Patty emphasizes that every human being has a need to be successful and contribute to relationships. She notes that human beings that are excluded from relationships usually demonstrate inappropriate behavior.

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