Naturalistic Teaching Strategies

Naturalistic Teaching Strategies 

Interventions for people with autism can come in many forms. Strategies based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) have emerged as being the most effective in teaching new behaviors and reducing behaviors that interfere with learning. There are several different approaches that fall within the realm of applied behavior analytic techniques. This course will provide an overview of naturalistic approaches based on ABA and how they are implemented in comprehensive treatment programs for those on the autism spectrum.

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


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with A-9;A-12 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-NATS1-V2
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate among the various models of natural environment teaching.
Employ strategies for teaching within the natural environment.
Explain the differences between naturalistic approaches and discrete trial instruction.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Teaching for Learning

A. Do Children Need Structure?

B. Learning Needs of People with Autism

C. The Umbrella of ABA Techniques

D. Discrete Trial vs. Naturalistic Approaches

E. What Can Be Taught Using Naturalistic Approaches

F. Why Use Naturalistic Teaching Techniques?

G. Review

H. Summary

Section 3: Types of Naturalistic Approaches

A. Natural Is Better, But Which Approach?

B. Incidental Teaching

C. Pivotal Response Treatment®

D. Natural Environment Teaching

E. Script Fading

F. Early Start Denver Model

G. Milieu Teaching

H. Which Approach Is Best?

I. Review

J. Summary

Section 4: Implementing Naturalistic Approaches

A. Selma Works with Yosef

B. Reinforcer Assessment

C. Preparing the Environment

D. Preparing the Interventionists

E. Implementation

F. A Naturalistic Intervention Session

G. Data Collection

H. Evaluating the Success of the Session

I. Review

J. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Registered Behavior Technician; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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