Re-choreographing the parent-child dance
The basic methods of RDI are those employed by regular parents and their children in every culture since the dawn of mankind. Typically, children prompt the parent-child dance that guides them. However, children with ASD provide their parents with signals that change the parent-child dance, because the child’s nervous system is demanding sameness. For this reason, it is important to introduce the developmental steps that are needed to restore or strengthen the parent-child guiding relationship. The guidance which parents provide to their children has been called ‘Guided Participation’ and this is what we use as we work in RDI.