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Why Use Naturalistic Intervention?


Naturalistic intervention can be used to target communicative or social goals. It can be useful with prelinguistic learners (i.e., learners who are not yet using formal language to communicate) as well as learners with linguistic communication. Because naturalistic intervention is designed to be implemented across settings and throughout the day, skills are more easily generalized.

Because team members, including parents, childcare providers, and/or teachers, are not always ideally responsive to the communicative attempts of learners with ASD, naturalistic intervention includes mindfully engaging the learner in a language-rich, learner-directed, and reciprocal interaction. Behavior strategies to elicit a target skill are then embedded into this interaction.

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