Video Modelling and Autism Ranking: Insufficient/Mixed evidence


Video Modelling Video modelling is a method of teaching in which an individual learns a behaviour or a skill by watching a video recording of someone - the model - demonstrating that behaviour or skill.

The model can be someone else - such as a parent or sibling - or it can be the individual him/herself - when the process is called video self modelling (VSM).

The supporters of video modelling claim that it has been used to teach a wide variety of social and functional skills, such as how to interact with other people or how to buy things. They also claim that video modelling can be used to teach an individual how to apply previously learnt behaviours and skills in new settings.

Video modelling is sometimes alongside or as part of other interventions, such as social stories or visual schedules.

Our Opinion

There is a considerable amount of research evidence to suggest that video modelling shows promise as an efficient and effective instructional tool for autistic people.

It has been widely used to teach individuals with autism a variety of different behaviours and skills in a variety of contexts.

However most of the research studies conducted to date are of limited scientific reliability and validity and therefore further, high-quality research is required.


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05 Aug 2016
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