Tips for Creating Natural Learning Opportunities at Home
Tips for building learning opportunities into daily routines, activities and play
* Published on October 13, 2020
Learning at home allows children to develop and practice skills in the setting where they will use them most. Caregivers can use various strategies to facilitate opportunities for learning throughout their child’s everyday routines. Naturalistic teaching also supports the generalization of skills across different environments, so children are able to use skills they learn in one setting and apply them appropriately in another.
The Benefits of Creating Natural Learning Opportunities
- Skills can be taught and practiced in the contexts where they will be used
- Learning is more functional and relevant (useful!) to your child
- Having your child’s favourite items built into the learning activity makes things more fun
- You don’t need any special materials or more time
- You can build this type of learning into your daily routines, activities, and play
- Your child is more likely to remember and use the skills being taught
- Teaching can be applied to a variety of skills and levels
- Carbone, V. J. (2017). Natural Environment Teaching. Retrieved from Carbone Clinic
- Dvortcsak, A., & Ingersoll, B. (2010). Teaching social communication to children with autism (2 book set): A practitioner’s guide to parent training and a manual for parents (1st ed.). Guilford Press.