Saturday, 1 June 2013

Article on using a developmental intervention in a school setting

I've been published in the May 2013 edition of the UK autism journal 'Good Autism Practice'.  My article is entitled 'Why a developmental approach is crucial in supporting children and adults with autism: using the principles and practice of Relationship Development Intervention in an alternative school setting'.

If you'd like to subscribe to the journal, click here.  Subscribers can access a hard copy and/or an online copy of the journal, which comes out twice a year.

My article looks at:

 - Outcomes for adults with autism (mostly poor, from the limited research we have)

 - Dynamic intelligence (as an explanation for the poor outcomes)

 - Interpersonal relatedness and the development of dynamic intelligence (and why we need to be focusing on developing dynamic intelligence in schools)

 - Autism through a developmental lens: remediation (working directly on some of the difficulties at the heart of autism) vs. compensation (working round the difficulties)

 - A new approach to autism education (incorporating the development of dynamic intelligence into the curriculum)
  • A focus on Bright Futures School
  • Training staff to be 'guides' to pupils
  • Working with parents and evaluating our practice
 - Conclusion (basically that the development of dynamic intelligence should be prioritised in schools, especially for those with any developmental delay)

If you're in the UK and you don't want to or can't afford to subscribe but you'd like to read the article, you should be able to obtain a copy through your local library's inter-library loan service, for a small fee.  Ask for the article by title (above), and author (Zoe Thompson) and tell them its on page 9 of Volume 14, Issue 1, May 2013.

I would love to get feedback if anyone does manage to read it.


  1. It sounds really good Zoe! Well done!

  2. Thanks for the great explanation. I will save this post to pass on to others who show an interest in RDI.

    Best wishes

  3. Hi Lisa and thanks for your comment. There is a simple explanation of RDI - what it is and how it works, in another blogpost here
    Thought I'd let you know in case its helpful :)