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 MODULE: Naturalistic Intervention


Naturalistic intervention is a collection of practices including environmental arrangement, interaction techniques, and strategies based on behavioral principles. These practices are designed to encourage the development of social-communicative behaviors based on learners’ interests by building more complex skills that are naturally reinforcing and appropriate to the interaction. Naturalistic intervention is implemented across the learner’s day and is embedded in the learner’s daily routines and activities. Following training, a team of people, including school staff, families, and other community members (e.g., childcare providers), typically implement naturalistic intervention. Activities into which naturalistic intervention is embedded can be learner-directed, routine, or planned. Data collection, both at baseline and throughout the intervention, is imperative in evaluating the success of the intervention.

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