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Wednesday 22 Nov 2017

Video Modeling

How many times have you searched the internet hoping to find a video that would demonstrate something that you were interested in learning? Whether it is learning how to fold napkins for a fancy dinner party or how to do the latest dance steps, videos have become an easily accessible teaching/learning tool. It is no wonder that videos are becoming quite popular with the autism community and are being used to model appropriate behavior and teach new skills. Video modeling and video self-modeling (where individuals watch themselves complete a task) are both strategies where desired skills and behaviors are learned by watching a video demonstration and then imitating the behavior seen in the model. These techniques have been used successfully with individuals with ASD to teach communication, social skills and increase independence while completing a task.

Videos that can be used to model appropriate behavior and teach new skills can be purchased or can be easily accessed for free on the internet. Watch the videos below to view some examples:

Going to the bathroom: Closing stall door, washing hands

Staying calm when my schedule changes

Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills

HINT: If your child uses an augmentative communication device, many devices have the capability to play video. This would allow your child to have access to their video models, in addition to the vocabulary needed to communicate, in everyday situations.

For more information about video modeling, visit the following websites:

Article by: Stephanie Williams, MS, CCC-SLP

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