Ms. Soetantyo has been working with children with special needs since her undergraduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991. She studied under the founder of the Young Autism program, Dr. Ivar Lovaas, and has continued to work with individuals with Autism since then. She worked at the Center of Autism and Related Disorders under the guidance of Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., as an ABA therapist, workshop specialist and clinic supervisor.
Because of her learning experiences working with ASD children and their families, as well as collaboration with other professionals working in the same field, Ms. Soetantyo’s present work primarily centers on empowering and developing parental competence.
Ms. Soetantyo has been coaching parents with special needs children as a certified Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) for the past 11 years. RDI is a parent-based intervention designed to remediate core deficits in dynamic thinking, mindfulness, problem solving and communication. The program focuses on building parent competence through hands-on training at home and in the community with both parents’ involvement. She believes that cultivating children’s love of learning begins at home under parents’ guidance, and developing a focused quality time daily is the key to life long independence.
With her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instructional Design, she aspires to develop vocational and adaptive living curriculum for teens and adults living with ASD and other learning challenges. Her goal is to educate parents and educators from all over the world on dynamic thinking building through affordable online courses.
Ms. Soetantyo is also an RDI trainer to professionals going through the RDI certification program, and she is actively involved in the community through sibling and parent support groups, week-long parent trainings and staff development in schools.