This glossary is designed to explain some of the scientific terminology, abbreviations etc. used by some people when they talk about autism or research.
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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 the individual him/herself – when the process is called video self modeling (VSM).
The supporters of video modeling 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 modeling can be used to to teach an individual how to apply previously learnt behaviours and skills in new settings.