Naturalistic Intervention Fact Sheet
Naturalistic intervention (NI) is a collection of practices including environmental arrangement, interaction techniques, and strategies based on applied behavior analysis principles. These prac- tices are designed to encourage specific target behaviors based on learners’ interests by building more complex skills that are naturally reinforcing and appropriate to the interaction. Natural- istic intervention occurs within typical settings, activities, and/or routines in which the learner participates.
NI meets evidence-based criteria with 10 single case design studies.
According to the evidence-based studies, this intervention has been effective for toddlers (0-2 years) to elementary school-age learners (6-11 years) with ASD.
NI can be used effectively to address social, communication, behavior, joint attention, play, and academic skills.
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National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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