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Helping Autistic children learn with Video Modeling techniques

by Kelly Walsh on January 27, 2010

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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 Joeschedule.com. 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

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer and a faculty member at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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