An inspiring use of technology,Â 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,Â 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 modelÂ on a videotape demonstrating the target skill. Video Modeling has been tested to help with communication, disruptive classroom behavior, increasing on-task behavior,Â … teach complex social sequences, as a treatment procedure, as an evidence-based treatment for children withÂ autism.”Â Today's technological environment makes increased use of Video Modeling much easier and more affordableÂ 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 siteÂ was established as a sort of spin-off of Greg Limperis's NingÂ based Technology Integration in EducationÂ social network). This video models using a tissue when you sneeze.
Video Modeling strikes meÂ as a logical step in the evolution of the idea ofÂ using visual tools to help AutisticÂ kids learn. While my knowledge of this area is quite limited, I am familiar with the idea ofÂ image based tools, like Picture Schedules,Â as seen on sites likeÂ Joeschedule.com.Â Progessing to the use of video to build on this concept seems like a natural progression.
If you wish to learn more about this,Â and be a partÂ of theÂ Technology Integration in Special EducationÂ community,Â then click on over and become a member today (it's free),Â 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