What is so important about RDI Consultants
I strongly believe that parents are the best therapists for their children and cannot be replaced by an expert.
The primary goal of the RDI consultant is to give power back to the parents.
RDI Consultants guide parents and primary care-givers to assist your child or family member to embrace change and so open the door to learning about themselves, the world and the people in it. We support you 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.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Many clients use NDIS funding for their RDI programs. Some RDI consultants have registered as NDIS Providers and can be paid through NDIA. Choosing to Self Manage or use a Plan Manager for 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.
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).
Choosing your Consultant
Our RDI Consultants are spread around Australia. You may decide to work with the consultant who is closest to you. However, distance doesn’t need to determine who you choose. Since we meet with the parents of children, as well as teens and adults, in a coaching type of role, RDI works well via video conferencing. You provide video clips of your interactions so that we can understand what’s happening and monitor progress.
All our consultants can meet with you via video link, so if you have reliable internet you can contact any of the consultants to discuss if their availability matches yours. You might also like to find out about their fee structure, experience and qualifications, and in the process, get a sense of how comfortable you are talking with them.