Incidental Teaching – Incidental teaching overlaps or is often used interchangeably with manipulating the environment, naturalistic teaching, communication temptation, and milieu teaching. It uses changing the environment, or changing the routine, to encourage initiation.
examples: wear a hat, put the trash can on the table, instead of giving a pencil for a writing assignment give a ruler, walk past an intended door
Interrupted Behavior Chain – This is a type of communication sabotage, or incidental teaching. A specific routine is identified that the child knows well, and one step is intentionally omitted – intended to elicit protests or requests.
example: child is taught to prepare her own breakfast by getting milk, cereal, spoon, as well as the steps involved – one day one step is “sabotaged,” for example the adult may place the box of cereal out of child’s reach