Video modeling for teaching social skills to students with Autism spectrum disorders

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Ed.S. in School Psychology


School of Education and Health Sciences


Advisor: Sawyer A. Hunley


Numerous studies have shown that video modeling (VM) interventions can improve various skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). VM is a technique that involves participants watching a video of a peer model demonstrating a desired behavior and then imitating the same behavior. The purpose of this research was to examine the impact of a VM intervention on social skills, defined as appropriate greeting tasks, of three elementary school-aged students with ASD. This study expands previous research on VM by measuring social skills using a social story as primer. A multiple baseline across participants design was used to determine if the students would imitate the greeting behavior after watching a video of a same-age peer reading the embedded social story and then demonstrating the greeting. A visual analysis of graphed data, effect size, and goal attainment scale for each student revealed that two out of three students improved significantly, while the third student exhibited no improvement.


Autistic children Behavior modification, Human behavior models, Autism spectrum disorders in children Treatment, Social skills in children, Audio-visual education

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