Teaching and Generalizing Language and Related Skills Utilizing Natural Environment Training (NET)

Natural environment training (NET) involves systematically arranging training so that generalization of skills is more likely to occur. In addition to teaching language and other related skills, NET can be used to promote generalization of skills taught using discrete trial training (DTT). This full-day workshop is designed to help prepare participants to teach and promote generalization of language and other related skills to students with autism and other developmental disabilities utilizing NET. Hands-on activities will provide instruction on how to select, plan, and implement lessons based on student motivation and need. This full-day workshop is designed to provide an overview of NET and to help prepare participants to utilize NET in home and school settings to teach and generalize beginning tact, imitation, echoic, listener, match-to-sample, and intraverbal skills.

It is recommended that a VB-MAPP guide and protocol be brought to the workshop.


  • Define the key elements of natural environment training (NET).
  • State the differences between NET and discrete trial training (DTT).
  • List and define the most common naturalistic teaching procedures.
  • List advantages and limitations of NET.
  • Summarize recommendations for practitioners.
  • Discuss developmentally appropriate ABA programming based upon individual student profiles.
  • State the importance of conditioning neutral and/or non-preferred activities with positive reinforcement for the purpose of increasing NET opportunities.
  • Utilize criteria for selecting appropriate NET activities.
  • Organize environment to ensure successful implementation of NET.
  • Demonstrate research-based teaching procedures during NET.
  • Create an original NET lesson plan.
  • Employ an efficient and effective data collection system for NET.