Video modeling is an evidence-based practice (EBP) strategy where the learner observes a videotape of someone engaging in a target behavior. The actions demonstrated are then practiced by the learner with assistance of an RBT or parent. Video modeling can teach a variety of skills, from appropriate communication and social interactions, to daily living and academic learning. Video modeling has been proven to be very effective for children with autism, and you can imagine why...what child doesn’t love watching videos?
Why learners excel from watching video models
1. Many individuals with autism tend to have a preference for visual stimuli over other modes of learning and video modeling capitalizes on this.
2. Individuals with autism are described as having a restricted field of focus, meaning they hone in on specific details rather than looking at the bigger picture.
3. We can use video modeling to selectively show the relevant information that we want the child with autism to learn, while removing unnecessary and distracting information.
4. Video modeling takes away the awkwardness of of face-to-face interactions, so a skill can be learned more comfortably and fluidly. Social engagement can be extremely overwhelming for children with autism, therefore using video modeling they can practice a social skill in a way that is comfortable for them before generalizing what they’ve learned in a nature setting with others.
. Videos are available for purchase on various subjects, allowing you to pick and choose the topics your learner needs. You can also make them yourself using sibling or typically developing peers performing the actions while you film. Or else, you can film the individual with autism self-modeling the target behavior with assistance, then edit out the prompts you gave. Children love watching themselves on camera!
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