RDI® Estimated costs

Dynamic Connections' services are billed on an hourly basis and invoiced monthly. Families are billed a flat rate for each hour of consulting services they use, including RDI® program consulting. Because of this, the actual amount a family is billed for RDI® consulting will vary based on their individual situation, parent commitment level, and how quickly the family moves through the program.

Please review the fee schedule for more information. An RDI® services sample contract is also available for download.

With those caveats, it's important to have a reasonable expectation of costs, especially since the RDI® program is typically much less expensive than ABA and other common autism therapies that may run up to $40,000 per year. Even in the first (and most expensive) year, an RDI® program typically costs approximately $5000.

RDI® Program, estimated hours and costs, first year
RDI® Protocol stage Hours Cost Notes
1. Getting Started 3 hours $270.00 Includes free initial intake meeting, paperwork and video review
Annual RDI_LS subscription n/a $600.00 per year An RDI_LS subscription includes useful features such as access to the video resource library, the ability to upload documents, and the ability to upload video for your consultant.
2. Parent Education Objectives TBD $1200.00 Currently takes most families 3 to 4 months to complete
3, Parent readiness  objectives TBD $810.00  Currently takes most families 2 to 3 months to complete
4. Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) 1 and 2 5 hours $450.00 Includes video taped assessment of each parent interacting in structured activites with their child, and the consultant interacting with the child.
5. Initial treatment plan 3 hours $270.00  Includes discussion of current status of family system dynamics and plan for proceeding with RDI®.
6. Parent guiding and child objectives 3 to 4 hours per month $270 to $360 per month Most families enter this stage before the end of the first year.
First year total Approximately $4680.00
RDI® Program, estimated hours and costs, second - fourth year
RDI® Protocol stage Hours Cost Notes
Annual RDI_LS subscription n/a $600.00 per year See Above
1. Parent guiding and child objectives 3 to 4 hours per month $270 to $360 per month See Above
2. Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) 1 and 2, and plan review 6 to 7 hours $600

Updated as neeeded, typically once every year to year and a half

Second - fourth year total Approximately $40000.00
RDI® Program, estimated hours and costs, after fourth year
RDI® Protocol stage Hours Cost Notes
Annual RDI_LS subscription n/a $600.00 per year See above
8. Parent guiding and child  objectives 3 to 4 hours per month $270 to $360 per month See above
9. Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) 1 and 2, and plan review 6 to 7 hours $600 Generally performed once per year to year and a half.
10. Parent  transferring objectives 2 to 3 hours per month $180 to $270 per month  Time required per month depends on parents' ongoing need for consultant support. Consultant support is gradually faded out during this stage.
Annual total beyond the fourth year Approximately $3500.00 per year, continuing to reduce in cost yearly as consultant support is faded out.

Additional notes:

The RDI® Protocol is a sequential, formal specification for the process that consultants and families use in implementing an RDI® program. Families move through the protocol one stage at a time. The official current RDI® Protocol is available at the Connections Center website.

Families with more than one child in the RDI® program: Many of the estimated costs above are per family, while some are charged per child:

  • Families are required to subscribe to the RDI_LS. The cost is $50 per month regardless of the number of children, and include all of the RDI_LS features.
  • Relationship Development Assessment (RDA) estimates are given per child.
  • Treatment plans and plan review estimates are given per child.
  • Video and parent reflection review are charged per child.

Most other estimates above are shown per family. However, families with more than one child in RDI® may require some additional consulting hours.

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