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What is so important about RDI Consultants

We support you on your journey. We walk beside you, guiding you as you guide your child or family member.


RDI consultants guide parents to gradually unravel the very complex problem of understanding how to help their vulnerable child. An initial RDI video assessment and a detailed history includes awareness of co-occurring conditions and developmental obstacles. With this information the consultant is able to collaborate with parents about their beginning goals. Consultants continue to spend the time and effort to really understand each child’s developmental readiness, unique way of thinking, strengths and challenges. It is an ongoing process.

A VItal Perspective

Consultants offer a vital third-party perspective on family dynamics, program progress and potential obstacles to growth. They also serve as mentors and coaches who help parents maintain focus throughout the RDI journey.

A Collaboration

RDI Consultants recognise that parents are the ones who know their child and their family best. Their aim is always to transfer their knowledge to the parents so that they themselves become obsolete. RDI welcomes the contribution of other services working with the family and facilitates this by providing the opportunity for them to be part of the family’s private site on the RDI online learning system. RDI Consultants liaise with teachers and therapists, visiting schools and meeting with families and their team. The consultant will present RDI in ways best suited to the person. With teens and adults, this sometimes means working directly with them, with them and their family, or, sometimes just with the family.

I strongly believe that parents are the best therapists for their children and cannot be replaced by an expert.

Chyntia Poedjokerto

The primary goal of the RDI consultant is to give power back to the parents.

We believe that making lasting, meaningful and lifelong changes begins at home with the child’s parents first. The remediation process ideally takes place amidst each family’s unique culture and relationships.

RDI Consultants guide parents and primary care-givers to assist their child or family member to embrace change and so open the door to learning about himself, the world and the people in it. They support them to use more dynamic and complex thinking and feel safe enough to explore and grow.

Families are supported to use daily routines, activities and interactions to give their child the experience of connection and competence.The person with autism is then in a position to embrace change and so learn to have a satisfying place in complex modern life.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Many clients have already applied for, been granted and are using NDIS funding for their RDI programs. Some RDI consultants have registered as NDIS Providers and can be paid through NDIA. Self-management, at least of the RDI part of your plan, will allow you to easily pay your accounts for those consultants not registered as Providers. We suggest that you contact your preferred RDI consultant before you meet with your Planner so that you can be guided through your request for RDI.

Helping Children with Autism Package (HCWA)
This is also known as FaHCSIA. Relationship Development Intervention is recognised as an approved service for the Helping Children with Autism Package by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). Many RDI consultants are registered to work with HCWA clients.

You may receive some reimbursement using a Medicare Plan set up by your GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist if you work with RDI Consultants who are also allied health professionals (Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists).

Private Health Funds
Your Private Health Fund may offer some reimbursement if you are working with RDI Consultants who are also allied health professionals (Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists).

Consultants in training

Consultants in Training are currently studying for RDI Consultant Certification. They are able to work with a small number of families under supervision during their training. It is worth contacting them to see if they have any availability.

Distance Consultants

Although Consultants are scattered throughout Australia, there may not be one close to you. To address this, a number of Certified Consultants offer distance services. The way this is offered varies. Instead of the usual face to face appointments, the consultant may work with you via the internet e.g. Skype and arrange visits to suit everyone. It would be best to discuss this with the consultant.