What’s the Difference Between Incidental Teaching & Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Naturalistic teaching emphasizes a child’s unique experiences and adheres to a developmental systems perspective. This means that learning a new skill in one area (like color recognition when sorting) can be transferred to other areas (like using the name of a color to describe a desired object). This makes instruction time even more valuable and helps a child become more independent.

Incidental teaching

Incidental teaching is a form of instruction where, you as the therapist, uses regular ‘incidents’ or events to give your clients learning opportunities. For example, make a lecture more relatable to your client’s life by using a game or beloved book characters. Incidental teaching is based on the belief that your clients will be more willing and enthusiastic to learn if the lessons fit their interests.

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Pivotal Response Training focuses on “pivotally essential” areas like strengthening a client’s desire to learn, start communicating, and monitor his/her behaviors. By concentrating on crucial overarching areas, therapists can affect so many facets of a client’s existence. These consist of conduct and conversation, both of which are crucial to boosting a client’s quality of life. For learn more about naturalistic teaching, check our RBT study guide on YouTube.