A child can memorize labels and words but it only becomes functional when they learn to generalize them in everyday common uses.

 

Natural Environment Teaching (NET) is a teaching method that uses the same principles found in other ABA methods but focuses more on your child’s everyday environments and daily activities.

NET is frequently used as a way to help with generalization skills, and typically looks like play. Generalization is when a child is able to apply the skills that they learn in one setting to other settings, even new or unfamiliar environments outside of therapy.

Being able to perform a skill in a controlled setting is a great first step for development and learning, but being able to take that skill and perform it outside of this setting is a huge step in promoting the increase of independence for your child.