While interventions such as Applied
Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Lovaas
program have proved effective as interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders, new types of behavioral interventions are emerging
in response to criticisms of these models. Critics believe that
the rote learning involved in ABA often does not result in generalized
learning i.e. the child may not apply the skills learned in one
context to another context.
Naturalistic teaching aims to emphasize the physical
and social contexts in which learning occurs, what is motivating
for the child, and what the child is most likely to want to communicate
about. Some naturalistic teaching methods include:
• Pivotal Response Training
• Incidental teaching
• Natural Language Teaching Paradigm.
These approaches aim for a more natural approach
to supporting language and communication development for children
with Autism, Asperger's syndrome or other developmental disorders.
The child becomes the focal point of social interactions and has
more control over preferred activities and topics of conversation.
Providing choices for the child increase the motivation
to learn and provide opportunities to learn from the consequences
of their choices. Naturalistic teaching allows the generalization
of skills acquired as learning occurs in a variety of natural environments.
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