Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Special Education
Rooted in both ABA and developmental theory, Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI) are some of today's most effective, evidence-based, and widely used interventions for autism spectrum disorder.
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52049 978-1-68125-204-9
2020 464
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Rooted in both ABA and developmental theory, Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI) are some of today's most effective, evidence-based, and widely used interventions for autism spectrum disorder. Prepare tomorrow's autism professionals for success in the field with this graduate-level textbook, the first comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of NDBI.

Future professionals will start with a clear and detailed overview of NDBI, examining how these approaches use natural environments and personal interests to motivate the child and bring about lasting improvements in skills and behavior. Then they'll explore the foundational principles of NDBI, take an in-depth look at the most successful NDBI models, and learn how to use specific NDBI strategies to improve child outcomes.

Prepare future professionals to:
  • Identify quality indicators of NDBI programs
  • Understand how proven NDBI models, including Pivotal Response Treatment, Early Start Denver, Enhanced Milieu Teaching, and Project ImPACT fit in the NDBI framework
  • Select meaningful skills to teach children within their natural environment
  • Write measurable and attainable goals across developmental domains
  • Empower parents to use NDBI strategies during everyday interactions with their children
  • Use NDBI strategies to support children in inclusive environments
  • Enhance children's communication skills, social competence, and play skills
  • Support positive behavior and self-regulation using an NDBI framework
  • Work NDBI strategies into school-based activities and lessons

COMPANION MATERIALS: Enhance your instruction with downloadable versions of the datasheets and other forms, sample syllabi to help you integrate this book into your course, PowerPoint decks that summarize key takeaways from the chapters to guide lectures, and a 158-question multiple-choice test bank to help you build course assessments and quizzes.

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Chapter 1 Understanding NDBI 3
Schreibman, Allison B. Jobin, and Geraldine Dawson
  • ASD Defined
  • History of ASD Intervention
  • Developmental Science and Its Influence in ASD Early Intervention
  • Integration of Behavioral and Developmental Sciences
  • Examples of NDBI
  • Common Elements of Empirically Validated NDBI
Chapter 2 Considering NDBI Models 21
Mendy B. Minjarez, Yvonne Bruinsma, and Aubyn C. Stahmer
  • Early Start Denver Model
  • Enhanced Milieu Teaching
  • Incidental Teaching/Walden Toddler Program
  • Joint Attention,Symbolic Play, Engagement, and Regulation
  • Pivotal Response Treatment
  • Project ImPACT
Chapter 3 Selecting Meaningful Skills for Teaching in the Natural Environment
Grace W. Gengoux, Erin McNerney, and Mendy B. Minjarez
  • Goodness of Fit of NDBI Approaches
  • Functional Skills
  • The Natural Environment
  • Case Example: Jin
Chapter 4 Empowering Parents Through Parent Training and Coaching
Mendy B. Minjarez, Elizabeth A. Karp, Aubyn C. Stahmer, and Lauren Brookman-Frazee
  • Parent-Mediated Interventions and NDBI
  • Psychological Functioning in Parents of Children With ASD
  • Effective Parent Coaching Practices
  • Case Example: Gabe
Chapter 5 Fostering Inclusion With Peers and in the Community
Aubyn C. Stahmer, Connie Wong, Matthew J. Segall, and Jennifer Reinehr
  • The Importance of Inclusion
  • Inclusion in Practice
  • Use of NDBI in Inclusive Settings
  • Practical Suggestions for Incorporating NDBI Strategies Into Community Programs
  • Common Challenges to Inclusion
  • Case Example: Preschool Program
  • Case Example: Adult Program
Chapter 6 Implementing Motivational Strategies

Mendy B. Minjarez and Yvonne Bruinsma
  • NDBI and Motivation
  • Measuring Motivation
  • Strategies That Enhance Motivation
Chapter 7 Applying Antecedent Strategies
Jennifer B. Symon, Yvonne Bruinsma, and Erin McNerney
  • Preparing to Teach
  • Setting Up Opportunities in NDBI
  • Case Example: Ty
Chapter 8 Implementing Instructional Cues and Prompting Strategies
Kyle M. Frost, Brooke Ingersoll, Yvonne Bruinsma, and Mendy B. Minjarez
  • Definitions
  • Learning Opportunities Across NDBI Models
  • Prompting Strategies
  • Prompt Fading
  • Examples of Prompts for Specific Skills
  • Case Example: Leah
Chapter 9 Using Consequence Strategies
Allison B. Jobin and Laura Schreibman
  • Increasing the Strength of a Behavior
  • Decreasing the Strength of a Behavior
  • Applying the Premack Principle
  • Promoting Consequence Effectiveness
  • Using Consequences to Maintain Behavior Change
  • Shaping and Chaining
  • Using Natural Consequences
  • Reinforcing Attempts
  • Modeling and Expanding on Child’s Response
  • Imitating the Child’s Response
  • Troubleshooting NDBI Consequence Strategies
Chapter 10 Guiding Meaningful Goal Development
Grace W. Gengoux, Erin E. Soares, and Yvonne Bruinsma
  • Formulating Goals
  • Assessment
  • Case Example: José
  • Considerations for Goal Selection
  • Case Example: Jenna
  • Case Example: Kaleb
  • Case Example: Ashir
  • Developmental Considerations
  • Case Example: Alex
  • Case Example: Cole
  • Case Example: Josephine
  • Case Example: Marco
Section IV Applications of NDBI Strategies
Chapter 11 Targeting Communication Skills

Mendy B. Minjarez, Rachel K. Earl, Yvonne Bruinsma, and Amy L. Donaldson
  • Communication Profile of Children With ASD
  • Communication Development in Typically Developing Children
  • Use of NDBI for Targeting Communication
  • Teaching Communication Across Developmental Levels Using NDBI Strategies
Chapter 12 Improving Social Skills and Play
Yvonne Bruinsma and Grace W. Gengoux
  • Social Initiations
  • Imitation Skills
  • Play
  • Teaching Play With Friends
Chapter 13 Supporting Behavior, Self-Regulation, and Adaptive Skills
Mendy B. Minjarez, Yvonne Bruinsma, and Rosy Matos Bucio
  • NDBI and Challenging Behavior
  • Relevant Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions
  • NDBI Strategies for Teaching Self-Regulation and Adaptive Skills
  • Promoting Self-Regulation in Individuals With ASD
  • Teaching Adaptive Skills
  • Tips for Teaching Self-Regulation and Adaptive Skills
  • Case Example: Jonas
Chapter 14 Implementing NDBI in Schools
Aubyn C. Stahmer, Jessica Suhrheinrich, and Laura J. Hall
  • Including NDBI Components in Group or Academic Settings
  • School-Based Activities Most Suited for NDBI
  • Examples of Activities and Lessons
Chapter 15 Collecting Data in NDBI
Mendy B. Minjarez, Melina Melgarejo, and Yvonne Bruinsma
  • General Framework for Data Collection
  • Data Collection Across NDBI Models
  • When and Why Data Are Collected
  • Types of Data and Measurement Systems
  • Data Collection in the Natural Environment
Chapter 16 Identifying Quality Indicators of NDBI Programs
Aubyn C. Stahmer, Sarah R. Rieth, Brooke Ingersoll, Yvonne Bruinsma, and Aritz Aranbarri
  • Quality Indicators Versus Common Features
  • Specific Program Elements to Look for in a Quality NDBI Program
Chapter 17 Considering Future Directions in NDBI
Laura Schreibman, Mendy B. Minjarez, and Yvonne Bruinsma
  • Research Future Directions
  • Dissemination and Implementation: Future Directions



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by Sudha K Y
on 8/14/2023
from Mumbai
I bought the book to understand how ABA is evolving. The book is a great step forward in integrating newer methodologies which are humanistic and devlopmentally focused. A great shift towards parent participation and education. The examples are wonderful. Sudha K Y - ASDBUDDY, India. (Psychologist)
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Helen Dumont, Reviewer, Midwest Book Review - October 30, 2019
"Exceptionally well organized and presented, ‘Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder’ is an ideal curriculum textbook and unreservedly commended to the attention of professionals working with autistic children and adults."
Joshua Feder, Editor in Chief,The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report - July 9, 2019
"A call to action that operationalizes an empathic approach to each child. Well researched, and laying out [NDBI] principles clearly and broadly, [this book] can lead the field toward more humane and effective care. " —Joshua D Feder, MD, Editor in Chief, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report
This book may be appropriate for courses similar to those listed below:

ESE 683 Instructional Strategies for Students with ASD: Technical and Communication Interventions
CSD 6340 Autism Spectrum Disorders
SED Social Skills and Behavioral Strategies

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