What Is Video Modeling? How Do You Use It?

What is Video Modeling? How Do You Use It?

Video modeling is an evidence-based prompting strategy that can be used to increase positive behaviors and aid in skill acquisition in individuals with autism. It is a teaching method where an individual watches a video of someone completing an activity and imitates the activity themselves.

Research shows that many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn best through visual means. Video modeling has been proven to be a highly effective teaching method for all children, especially those with ASD. (Bellini & Akullian, 2007). According to research, video modeling, especially video (self) modeling is a very effective method for many learners to learn functional living skills.

With this technique, one would create a task analysis for the skill being targeted and videotape the learner, peer or even the parent or instructor performing the task based on the task analysis. The learner would watch the video and then perform the task with the least to most prompting. This strategy works best if the videos can be played on portable devices so that they can be viewed immediately preceding the task.


Quick Tip:

Although videos can be any length, the video must show the skill in its entirety.

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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

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