What is research telling us for treatment?
As a parent, my journey with autism has been a long one, but an optimistic one. Looking back it is almost surreal to think how far we have come, Jake and myself.
My evolution from parent in denial, parent in despair, parent in the midst of looking, searching, even praying for answers.
Answers to the echolalia, answers to the inflexibility and insane insistence of sameness, Answers to the craving for isolation and the seemingly endless need to self stimulate.
The constant worry, constant sadness, constant isolation of even myself, withdrawing further into a world focused solely on trying to find a way to help my son.
What if I had known what I know now? What all parents should know in 2016: That the guiding relationship is so crucial to our children’s development.
We know it instinctively.
We try to interact.
We try to relate.
We try to reach out to our child with autism,
but something is not right.
Our child with autism does not want to reach out to us!
Making it so very hard, if not impossible to connect,
to reach our child.
Research is now clearly showing that the breakdown of the parent-child relationship sets us down a path of no return.
It actually makes so much sense.
How else do typical infants learn, grow and develop?
No one would argue that infants learn from their parents. Why should infants with autism be any different? ALL children need and deserve the opportunity to be guided by their parents. “Therapist, teachers, professionals are wonderful people” as Dr. Gutstein, founder of RDIConnect, knowingly states, “but they can not take the place of parents.”
Parents need to be empowered, parents need to understand what the research is telling us in 2016.
YOU CAN be your child’s best advocate.
YOU CAN guide your child’s growth and development.
YOU CAN make the biggest impact in your child’s life.
I have done it for my own child (now a grown man) and you can too!
Please Join Us May 14th & 15th, 2016 at Kean University, Union, NJ and Learn a New Perspective. Dr. Gutstein will present and break down the research in a clear and understandable way. We are Redefining Autism and you should too!
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Kristine Mastronardi is a RDI Certified Consultant and Parent. Kristine has experienced first hand her son's remediation through the RDI program. Her mission is to spread RDI awareness to other families so they can experience the same rewarding success for their own families.