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Helping Autistic children learn with Video Modeling techniques

by Kelly Walsh on January 27, 2010


An inspiring use of technology, helping students challenged with Autism and similar disorders.

This week’s mid-week update provides an introduction to a use of technology that should be wonderful to see unfold – expanded use of video technology, in the form of Video Modeling, to help Autistic children.

In this article, Michael Leventhal explains how, “Video Modeling is a method of teaching in which a student learns by watching a model on a videotape demonstrating the target skill. Video Modeling has been tested to help with communication, disruptive classroom behavior, increasing on-task behavior, … teach complex social sequences, as a treatment procedure, as an evidence-based treatment for children with autism.”  Today’s technological environment makes increased use of Video Modeling much easier and more affordable than it was in the not-too-distant past.

Below is an example of a Video Modeling clip from the Technology Integration in Special Education social network hosted by Mr. Leventhal (this site was established as a sort of spin-off of Greg Limperis’s Ning based Technology Integration in Education social network). This video models using a tissue when you sneeze.

Find more videos like this on Technology Integration in Special Education

Video Modeling strikes me as a logical step in the evolution of the idea of using visual tools to help Autistic kids learn. While my knowledge of this area is quite limited, I am familiar with the idea of image based tools, like Picture Schedules, as seen on sites like Progessing to the use of video to build on this concept seems like a natural progression.

If you wish to learn more about this, and be a part of the Technology Integration in Special Education community, then click on over and become a member today (it’s free), introduce yourself, and check out the resources available there.

Related post(s) (if the above topic is of interest, you might wish to check these posts out):
Internet resources for special needs educators (this week, Autism & PDD)
5 online communities for educators working with special needs students
Internet resources for educators teaching students with special needs


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Kelly Walsh August 12, 2015 at 2:14 am

So glad to hear that Mary – I surely hope it does!

Mary Sawyre August 11, 2015 at 9:01 am

My grand child is a transplant recipient he spent the first 2 years of his life in the hospital and no has learning disabilities such as speech and food aversion so he has a feeding tube he says a few words and has a hard time focusing he will be 5 in November he’s in speech therapy but it is very slow progress I think this could help him

Lee Styles December 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Good to see the advancement in teaching for special needs.
Video modeling is what we would expect by now. However I wonder if we missed a beat along the way. I would like to see/hear in addition, more in the way audio modeling for the blind.

video commerce February 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

I really enjoyed reading this article. Video Modeling is very beneficial in every aspect of helping kids with learning problems. Technology has come a long way, and it’s only getting better. Thanks for your well-informed article.

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