Naturalistic Procedures for Increasing Communication Skills

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What are naturalistic procedures?

Naturalistic procedures include a range of behaviors that can be used by parents and practitioners to increase the likelihood of communication for children, particularly children with social and communication delays.

When should I use naturalistic procedures?

  • Naturalistic procedures can be used during both child-directed play and adult-directed activities to increase the frequency and complexity of child social communication attempts.
  • Most research on naturalistic procedures have been conducted in one-to-one settings with one adult and one child.

What are the naturalistic procedures most relevant to early childhood settings?

To cite this page (APA 6th edition):

  • Ledford, J.R. (2016). Naturalistic procedures for increasing communication skills. In Evidence-based instructional practices for young children with autism and other disabilities. Retrieved from