Incidental teaching and Natural Environment Training (NET) is utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach in the “real world.”
Instructions are both driven by the individual’s motivation and carried out in the environments that closely resemble natural environments, with the structure being provided in regards to the individual’s access to reinforcement. NET leads to skills acquired in 1:1 structured teaching being utilized in generalized settings, while also being to learn new skills in less structured environments.
Natural Environment Training (NET) programs are used to generalize skills and help children learn in their environment while they are having fun.
Here are a few tips on how to have a smooth NET program:
- Read a book – is it one of the simplest ways to generalize programs. It is also the easiest way to run the basic NET programs
- Walk around – we’ll never know what opportunity comes when we change our environment. In every room or place of our session, there will always be opportunities to do NET.
- Give the child momentum – ask simple questions first that the child can easily answer because of those questions it is easier to connect NET programs.
- Maximize opportunities – we sometimes got the feeling that we are already doing a lot of NET programs. If there is an opportunity, go with it. After all, the child will need it when they are on their own.
- Have fun – Every child wants to have fun. We also need to be childish sometimes to connect with the child because when we see them having fun with us, it is a wonderful memory not only for them but to us as well.