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Video modeling is a teaching method that uses technology as the core component of instruction. Video modeling uses brief videos of either the individual being taught or other models (e.g., peers, siblings, etc.) performing some target skill/behavior or sequence of skill/behaviors. Then the learner watches the video before practicing the target skill/behavior. Very often the same technology is used to record and show the video (e.g., smart phone, iPad, etc.). In this module you will learn about the foundations of video modeling, the evidence-base that supports its use, why this practice matches well with autistic characteristics and strengths, and most importantly, how to plan, implement and evaluate video modeling interventions.     

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 30 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Define video modeling.
  2. List at least 5 reasons why video modeling is a good match with ASD characteristics, preferences, strengths, etc.
  3. Compare and contrast the different types of video modeling and explain when you could use each type.
  4. Describe the steps in planning, creating, using and evaluating video modeling with students with autism.
  5. Summarize the evidence-base for using video modeling with autistic learners.

Module Authors

Paul LaCava, Ph.D.

Paul LaCava, Ph.D., is an associate professor of special education at Rhode Island College in Providence. He directs two graduate programs and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and special education, assessment, research methods, and autism. He is also the research coordinator at RIC's Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. LaCava has published and presented numerous times on topics such as positive behavior supports, ASD historical perspectives, social-emotional methods, evidence-based practices, and technology.

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