Next up in the Effective Interventions in ABA I thought I would address some naturalistic interventions starting with incidental teaching. Incidental teaching is a long-standing ABA procedure that has a rich history in teaching many skills including communication. It is used with typical kids all the time and it has been used in research on how to address language delays. One of the real advantages of incidental teaching is that it teaches the student to initiate the action by arranging them environment to tempt communication. Initiation of communication is often a skill that is particularly difficult for many students with ASD.
To give you a brief overview of the steps of incidental teaching, I created a video. Disclosure: I needed to create a video for a course that I teach that adheres to specific requirements of 5 words or less per slide, no more than 5 slides in the presentation and the presentation has to be 5 minutes or less. I wanted to make a sample for my students to see how it would work, so I combined the two to create this post. Below the video I’ve listed some resources for incidental teaching as well.
- The National Professional Development Center found Naturalistic Interventions to be an evidence-based practice. Naturalistic interventions include incidental teaching research as part of the evidence base.
- TARGET also has a guide with research and the steps of incidental teaching.
- The Autism Internet Modules also have a module on naturalistic interventions. You will need to register for a free account but there is lots of good information.
I will be taking a brief break and may or may not be blogging, but follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to. I’ll be back with the next installment about incidental teaching in a little over a week back to the regular Thursday-Friday schedule.