Naturalistic Teaching Strategies


Key elements in this chapter include the description of naturalistic teaching strategies (NaTS) and associated history and research. Defining characteristics of NaTS are described along with the similarities and differences between discrete trial instruction and naturalistic strategies. The functional relationship between materials and reinforcement is presented. Different types of preferences assessments are described. Problems and solutions relating to generalization and maintenance of skills taught with naturalistic teaching strategies are discussed. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. This program is offered independent of the BACB. Current Link:


Hours: 1.50


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This course aligns with C-03 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-NATS1
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe the history and seminal research related to incidental teaching and naturalistic teaching procedures.
Describe the following naturalistic teaching strategies: Natural Language Paradigm, Pivotal Response Training, Incidental Teaching, and Milieu Teaching
Describe the defining characteristics, strengths and limitations of Naturalistic Teaching Strategies.
Explain the differences and similarities between the DTI and NaTS.
Describe how to complete two different types of preference assessments.

Key Terms and Concepts •Milieu Teaching •Incidental Teaching •Natural Language Paradigm •Pivotal Response Training •Preference Assessments •Free Operant •Forced Choice •Functional Relationships •Generalization •Multiple Exemplars

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