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Video Modelling

Video Modelling

There is a large amount of well researched evidence that video modelling is a really effective way to support learning for students, especially those with autism spectrum disorders.

It can be used to:

  • improve a variety of skills

  • increase appropriate social interactions

  • improve conversation skills

  • improve daily living skills

  • improve play skills

  • reduce problem behaviours

Video modeling techniques and tools

Video modelling is a technique where video is used to demonstrate a targeted behaviour done correctly or appropriately. They do not include examples of incorrect behaviours.


Videos can include the student (video self modelling) or can be of others (e.g. peers) and both have proved to be effective. Videos can be made from a third party point of view (looking on) or from the student’s point of view where the camera acts as the students eyes.


See more examples of video models here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf7UAmY8H2YrrK-NBxbPJAg

Components of Video Modeling

Ganz et.al. gives a very good summary of the steps needed to produce and implement video modeling. They recommend implementation including:

  • providing a consistent setting for introduction of the videos

  • immediate opportunities for practising new skills

  • collecting data and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention (Teaching as Inquiry)

  • include a program to generalise the new skill

Some tools for video editing

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Using technology to support students with disabilities and special learning needs.