NI for Toddlers

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Naturalistic Intervention for Toddlers in the Childcare Setting

Naturalistic Intervention (NI) is an evidence-based practice (EBP) consisting of a collection of techniques and strategies that are embedded in typical activities and/or routines in which the toddler participates to naturally promote, support, and encourage target skills/behaviors. NI is commonly implemented by caregivers coached by an early intervention provider, which is how NI will be presented in this module.

The AFIRM for Toddlers modules are designed for early intervention providers working with caregivers (families and childcare providers) of toddlers.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the EI provider through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Reviewing basic knowledge about naturalistic intervention for toddlers.
  • Planning with and coaching caregivers to use and monitor progress of naturalistic intervention.

The Naturalistic Intervention for the Childcare Setting module will take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete.

Suggested citation:
Nowell, S., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., Amsbary, J., & AFIRM Team. (2022). Naturalistic Intervention for Toddlers in the Childcare Setting. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Modules and Resources.

DEC Recommended Practices (2014)

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DEC recommended practices that apply specifically to naturalistic intervention for toddlers module (PDF document, 3 pages)


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