Video modeling refers to the use of a video to teach specific skills, including communication, academics, social skills, and self-help skills. In video modeling, a chosen behavior or skill is video recorded. The student watches the video in order to imitate the behavior or skill in the appropriate situation.
Video modeling is supported by the theories of observational learning and Bandura’s social learning theory. Its use with students with autism is also supported by the ideas that students with autism learn well through visual supports and positive examples/demonstrations of behaviors and skills.
With the increasing availability of video recording technology on devices such as iPads, web cams, and cellular phones, video modeling is becoming easier for parents and educators to use.
Keep checking our blog for more info, tips, and resources for using video modeling. If you've used video modeling, please take our brief survey. Results will be published in a future blog post to share video modeling tips and strategies. http://www.positivelyautism.com/survey_vm2012.html
Association for Science in Autism Treatment Video Modeling Research Summary: http://www.asatonline.org/intervention/treatments/video.htm
Cihak, D. F., Smith, C. C., Cornett, A. & Coleman, M. B. (2012). The use of video modeling with the picture exchange communication system to increase independent communicative initiations in preschoolers with autism and developmental delays. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 27(1). 3-11.