Lights! Camera! Action!

Hollywood directorA favorite strategy that I have recently incorporated into my classroom is video-modeling. From reading the research, I knew how effective it was for children with autism. I didn’t realize, though, just how easy it would be to use in my classroom. I found some video-modeling DVD’s online, but realized that using actual items from my classroom would be more effective. I used my iPhone to video skills that I wanted my students to learn:  play, functional, transitions and routines.


The best part?  Customizing it for each child takes only a few minutes.  I found that video-modeling was a powerful tool for students in my class with difficulty in attending. In addition to an increase in attending, their acquisition of the skill was quicker.  Helpful hint:  Remember to use simple words and to record only what you want the student to see. For example, if you are teaching hand washing you might want to video something similar to the  video shown here that I produced.


Remember to concentrate on the hands. Don’t include the personls face or any extra background. It helps the student to focus on exactly what you want them to learn. Try it out.  You’ll love it!


Here is another example that focuses on play. In this case, the feeding and care of a puppy. Try to use items found in your classroom. Remember you can simplify or expand the play sequence based on the individual. Have fun!