What is Natural Enviornment Teaching?

Natural Environment Teaching (NET) is primarily based on mand-training, however, it serves an important role in testing the generalization of skills acquired during discrete trial training (DTT).

In addition, the most effective teaching of language includes teaching in all settings throughout the day, across persons and circumstances.

Research shows that DTT and NET are both effective procedures, and a combination of both may be most effective, when guided by Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior (Sundberg & Partington, 1999).

Teaching should include responses across all verbal operants - mand, tact, listener responding, imitation, echoic, and intraverbals, based on the learner's current level.

The following plans are examples of how to target responses across multiple domains, for early learners to more advanced learners during a NET activity.