Video Modeling and AAC

January 12, 2015 by - 3 Comments

Video Modeling and AAC
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Video modeling is an empirically supported instructional strategy that can help some learners acquire and use a range of new skills. It involves videotaping the expected or desired behavior so that our clients can see, hear, and better understand the skills they are trying to learn. We’ve posted videos about it in the past and know that many of you use it or have considered using it in your clinical practice. Most of the applications have been with speaking children and young adults, but many AAC learners can benefit as well. If you’re thinking of trying out this strategy in your own practice, here are some resources that might be helpful.

  1. In a nutshell: Visit the National Center for Professional Development on Autism to review the EBP practice brief on video modeling. Their documents are great for Video Modeling & AACsharing with families and other team members, too.
  2. Getting started: Visit Dr. Christine Reeve’s blog, Autism Classroom News, for information on the rationale, empirical base,and implementation tips.
  3. Check out some examples: Video modeling and video self modeling can be used for a number of purposes, including the development of play, self-help, and social skills. Here are a few communication-oriented examples.
  4. Make your own: Visit The Speech Ladies to learn about using your iPad to these make videos. Looking for more resources? Inov8 has a nice set of options here.
  5. Make some with your clients: Jason Gibson and Jason Carroll discuss video self modeling here and here.
  6. Need to read some of the research for yourself? Take a look at this meta-analysis.

Do you use video modeling or video self modeling in your work? We’d love to hear about it.

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This post was written by Carole Zangari


  • Kate Zuba says:

    Hi there! Thank you for the links! Your site is a wonderful resource. Have you come across any video modeling that actually uses AAC? I have some students who are working on initiation with their device. Thanks!!

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Kate, thank you for your kind words. I haven’t seen any AAC video models where the target is initiation. They are pretty easy to make, though, so you could probably whip one up for your client. Such a powerful strategy!

  • Abi says:

    Hi Kate and Carole

    There are three studies that have specifically examined the use of VM for individuals with ASD who use AAC. Banda et al.(2010), Copple et al. (2015) and the last one is my PhD thesis which is currently in the process of manuscript preparation.

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