Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions: Empirically Validated Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Earlier autism diagnosis, the importance of early intervention, and development of specific interventions for young children have contributed to the emergence of similar, empirically supported, autism interventions that represent the merging of applied behavioral and developmental sciences. "Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI)" are implemented in natural settings, involve shared control between child and therapist, utilize natural contingencies, and use a variety of behavioral strategies to teach developmentally appropriate and prerequisite skills. We describe the development of NDBIs, their theoretical bases, empirical support, requisite characteristics, common features, and suggest future research needs. We wish to bring parsimony to a field that includes interventions with different names but common features thus improving understanding and choice-making among families, service providers and referring agencies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schreibman, L; Dawson, G; Stahmer, AC; Landa, R; Rogers, SJ; McGee, GG; Kasari, C; Ingersoll, B; Kaiser, AP; Bruinsma, Y; McNerney, E; Wetherby, A; Halladay, A

Published Date

  • August 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 2411 - 2428

PubMed ID

  • 25737021

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4513196

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-015-2407-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States