RDI Conference | Kent State University

Relationship Development Intervention® for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference

Monday, June 18, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kent State University, Moulton Hall Ballroom

Keynote Address
Heather Benner-Ohl
MS/MA in Special Education, Certified RDI Consultant and Training Supervisor 
Owner, The Missing Piece LLC 

Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI) focuses on remediating the challenges of autism that impair an individual's ability to manage and function in the world. Within an RDI Program, individuals build dynamic skills that increase daily life functioning and engagement with others and the outside world. This workshop introduces the research and practical application of RDI strategies and techniques that can be utilized in home-based and school-based programs towards the achievement of IEP goals and personal development. 

See below for family grant opportunities through the Autism Society of Greater Akron and Autism Society of Greater Cleveland

For assistance with registration payment, please contact Judi Cash at 330-672-8670 or jcash11@kent.edu

Conference Registration

For the Relationship Development Intervention® Conference

Registration closed on Sunday, June 17, 2018. 

For assistance with registration payment, please contact Judi Cash at 330-672-8670 or jcash11@kent.edu

Conference Agenda

Monday, June 18, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Introduction: What is Autism?

  • DSM Definition
  • Core Deficits Discussion

Typical Child Development Trajectory

  • Developmental Milestones in Typical Development
  • Missed Milestones in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Introduction to Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI)

  • Development of RDI Program
  • Description of Programming
    • Student Objectives
    • Parent Objectives
  • Case Study Examples

Development of Foundational Skills

  • Communication
    • Nonverbal Communication
    • Verbal Communication
    • Communication Packages
    • Referencing
  • Co-Regulation
    • Regulatory Patterns
    • Variation Addition
    • Breakdowns and Breakdown Repair
  • Apprenticeship
    • Developing the Guide-Apprentice Relationship

10:00-10:15am: BREAK

 

Application of Communication Goals to the Classroom

  • Discussion and Example Goals
  • Developing Authentic Communication Practice in the Classroom
  • Creating Opportunities for Referencing in the Classroom

Application of Co-Regulation Goals to the Classroom

  • Discussion and Example Goals
  • Developing Opportunities for Co-Regulation with Adults in the Classroom
  • Developing Opportunities for Co-Regulation with Peers in the Classroom

Application of Apprenticeship Goals to the Classroom

  • Discussion and Example Goals
  • Developing the Guide-Apprentice Relationship with Students with ASDs

 

12:30-1:30pm: LUNCH

 

Introduction to Dynamic Thinking

  • Dynamic Thinking Presentation and Video Examples
  • Group Discussion and Small Group Activities

Student Objective Focus Areas and Hands-On Practice

  • Competence Development
    • Definition
    • Examples
    • Video Examples
    • Hands-On Practice
  • Joint Attentional Learning
    • Definition
    • Examples
    • Video Examples
    • Hands-On Practice
  • Self-Regulatory Decision Making
    • Definition
    • Examples
    • Video Examples
    • Hands-On Practice
  • Co-Regulatory Decision Making
    • Definition
    • Examples
    • Video Examples
    • Hands-On Practice
  • Emotional Responsibility
    • Definition
    • Examples
    • Video Examples
    • Hands-On Practice

3:00-3:15pm: BREAK

 

Application of Student Objective Focus Areas to the Classroom

  • Competence Development
    • Classroom Examples and Implications
    • Goal Development and Implementation
  • Joint Attentional Learning
    • Classroom Examples and Implications
    • Goal Development and Implementation
  • Self-Regulatory Decision Making
    • Classroom Examples and Implications
    • Goal Development and Implementation
  • Co-Regulatory Decision Making
    • Classroom Examples and Implications
    • Goal Development and Implementation
  • Emotional Responsibility
    • Classroom Examples and Implications
    • Goal Development and Implementation
Keynote Speaker - Heather Benner-Ohl

Heather Benner-Ohl is the keynote speaker at the 2018 RDI conference at Kent State UniversityHeather Benner-Ohl
MS/MA in Special Education, Certified RDI Consultant and Training Supervisor 
Owner, The Missing Piece LLC 

The Missing Piece LLC opened in 2005, in order to offer Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI) services,  academic consultation, homeschooling guidance to parents, and tutoring services. The Missing Piece LLC is focused on serving the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The focus of services is ensuring that clients achieve quality of life goals that include meaningful relationships, productive work, community involvement, and appropriate education. 

Family Grant Opportunities

Co-sponsored with the Autism Society of Greater Akron and Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, there are a limited number of family grants available for this workshop. Families must register through their websites for reduced grant funded fees (up to a 50% discount). 

Contact the Autism Society of Greater Akron and Autism Society of Greater Cleveland for grant information. 

Autism Society logo for Greater Cleveland Autism Society logo for Akron

 

Parking on the Kent Campus

Parking is available in the White Hall parking lot (R16 lot). 

The R16 lot is located on the corner of Terrace Drive and East Main Street next to White Hall.

Get directions to the R16 parking lot 

Kent State University White Hall parking lot

What is RDI?

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) offers treatment programs for individuals and families that face Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental difficulties. It is often described as “the missing piece of the puzzle” in the treatment of ASD because instead of focusing on symptoms, our program works to activate the grow-seeking drive essential to remediating the universal impairments associated with ASD.

RDI®  programs teach parents how to guide their child to seek out and succeed in truly reciprocal relationships, while addressing key core issues such as motivation, communication, emotional regulation, episodic memory, rapid attention-shifting, self awareness, appraisal, executive functioning, flexible thinking and creative problem solving. 

Learn more about RDI