Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Introduction to RDI" and "Communication Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum"

“Does your child talk but not connect?” “ Does he have rigid expectations or poor peer relationships?” “ Does she struggle with problem solving when things change?”

"Introduction to Relationship Development Intervention" &

"Communication Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum"

by Susan Hollar, MS CCC

Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist, Certified RDI Consultant

Date & Time:

Saturday, 24th April 2010, 9:00am until 5:00pm. Lunch and tea breaks will be provided.


SWAN Convention Centre, Sunway Medical Centre, 5 Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.



Often called “the missing link” in autism treatment, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is a treatment program aimed at quality of life issues such as independent living, jobs, and friendships. Parents function as the primary interventionists with their children under the direction of the RDI Program Consultant. Learn about this cutting edge intervention through an interactive presentation with video examples.

  • Discover the role of parents as mentor and guide
  • Explore dynamic vs. static intelligence
  • Understand what co-regulation means for development
  • Consider ways to introduce perspective-taking
  • Learn the difference between Floortime, ABA and RDI



Communication skills in children with autism are of deep concern to therapists and parents alike. Often children can’t utilise the words they have available to them, or they struggle in social conversation. Learn what the latest research says about effective strategies for communication development in this population. In this module we will practice strategies to utilise at home or in the office.

  • Discover the different modalities of communication
  • Learn the number one parent tactic to enhance communication
  • Explore “expansions” and “reversals” for communication development
  • Understand the critical component repair strategy plays in social communication

About the Speaker

A licensed pediatric speech/language pathologist and certified RDI consultant, Susan Hollar is the owner of Hollar Pediatric Speech and Language. She teaches at the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, California State University, Northridge. Mrs. Hollar is the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award of the California Speech and Language Association. Her background includes specialised fellowship training in Clinical Intervention for children with Autism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles UAP USC.

She currently holds Supervisor level certification in the Relationship Development Intervention by Steven Gutstein, Ph.D. for children with Autism where she trains other professionals in RDI. Ms. Hollar is a frequent presenter at such conferences as the Back to School Autism Conference (2008), Autism Society of America and California Speech and Language Association 2009 as well as interviews on NPR Radio. Recent publications include Communication deficits in Children with Oposconus-Ataxia Due to Childhood Neuroblastoma (Journal of Pediatrics) and Adequacy of Care for Children with Developmental Disabilities in the Los Angeles Area. Mrs. Hollar is the proud parent of a teenager with the diagnosis of Autism.

To register for this series of talks, please contact ANDI Initiative at 012 538 6134 (new number) or at

This event is organised by ANDI Initiative.



Melissa said...

I am curious to know how I can register for the RDI course that is being held in April. Please send details regarding pricing, booking deadlines, and any other useful information to my e-mail address listed below.

Thank you.

Melissa Ratkovich

Intan & Anthony Miranti said...

Hi Melissa:

I'll email you a flyer.



Danny cHANG said...

Pity as the talk coincides with NASOM's fund raising concert at KLCC at 2pm.

Intan & Anthony Miranti said...

Hi Danny:

Yes, you're right. However, these 'clashes' happen every year in April, due to the increased number of events during Autism Awareness Month.

J-Teoh said...

please send me an email as well

teoh.jouyin at

thank you!

Syahida said...

I would really like to come for this talk but i have other crucial commitments on this date.Is there any chance of u organising this talk again some time later, intan?

Intan & Anthony Miranti said...

Hi Syahida:

It's possible. Just check in with this blog occasionally or get our Facebook updates sent to your news feed.


By the way, was that you I saw at the Autism Walk the other day?

Intan Miranti

Syahida said...

Yes intan, we saw each other @ the autism walk...nice meeting u :D

Padmanabha said...

Dear Mrs. Susan Hollar,

Thanks for the consultation of my son, Pramit in April 2010 at Mont Kiara Kuala Lumpur.

I am sorry to inform you that the consultation notes provided do not relate to Pramit, but some other child. Pramit is 7 years old, was accompanied by me and Roshni (his parents) and has no sisters. I have tried to contact you many times via phone/e-mail, without any success. Can you please resend your suggestions and recommendations for Pramit?


Intan & Anthony Miranti said...

Hello Paddy:

Intan Miranti here. It's not possible to contact Mrs Hollar via this blog. Let's double check on her email. Do you have


Padmanabha said...

Dear Intan,

Thanks for your message. I did use the correct email ID for Mrs. Hollar.

Kind regards,