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Naturalistic intervention is a collection of practices including environmental arrangement, interaction techniques, and strategies based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles. These practices 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. This module will provide information on the evidence-based strategy of naturalistic intervention.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 29 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate

Module Objectives:

  1. Describe naturalistic intervention, including how to arrange the environment, how to engage the learner in an interaction, and how to use behavioral strategies to bring out the target behavior
  2. Identify resources to use when planning for and putting naturalistic intervention into action
  3. Apply naturalistic intervention for learners at the preschool, elementary, and middle/high school levels

Module Authors


  • Ellen Franzone, M.S.
  • Bobby Huffman, M.A.-ABA

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