Video Modeling – A Fun and Easy Way to Teach Kids with Autism Show Me! A Teacher’s Guide to Video Modeling

Although video modeling can be a highly beneficial strategy to support individuals with autism, many teachers and parents have not implemented the use of this evidence-based practice. Research has shown that video modeling can be used to help individuals with autism adapt to situations and learn new skills, yet the technology aspect of video modeling (accessing a camera, transferring video to a computer, and editing the video) seems overwhelming.

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Show Me! inspires readers to use video modeling by providing real-life examples of students who have used and benefited from watching video to learn social skills, positive behaviors, and academics. A helpful planning guide is provided to assist teams in getting started with a video modeling strategy.

Video modeling is made simple using the step-by-step instructions and helpful suggestions included in the book, paired with the use of tablets, smartphones, and applications. The authors share examples of how easy it can be for teachers, therapists, and parents to pick up a tablet or smartphone, capture key videos, and organize them for student viewing. Bridgman’s technical knowledge and Dittoe’s practical experience combine to create this easy-to-read guide, which demystifies the notion that video modeling is costly and difficult to accomplish.


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Carol Dittoe, MA, CCC-SLP, has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with communication challenges, specializing in augmentative communication, assistive technology, and autism. As a speech pathologist, she has worked in hospital settings and schools, providing evaluation and treatment recommendations for children with a range of disabilities. She now serves on a team that provides support to educational teams in applying evidence-based practices for teaching students on the autism spectrum in West Central Ohio.

Heather J. Bridgman, MS, ATP, has been working in the field of assistive technology for over 20 years. She has worked in both the medical and educational environments, and her specialties include computer access, augmentative communication, and universal design for learning. She serves as an assistive technology consultant at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and is a RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). Bridgman is also an adjunct instructor of assistive technology at Bowling Green State University and Ashland University.

Show Me! A Teacher’s Guide to Video Modeling

ISBN: 9781942197263

Available at www.aapcpublishing.net

This article was featured in Issue 59 – Top Strategies, Therapies and Treatments for Autism

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