Consider Video Modeling

by Brandy Stanfill


Video modeling is an effective tool for teaching a variety of skills to students with autism.  True to its name, video modeling is pre-recorded model of an individual using a skill or completing a task. The video is presented to the learner, paired with reinforcement, and viewed on a regular schedule.


There are a different types of video models, but the ones most commonly used in the classroom are:


Basic video modeling: This uses a peer or adult to model the behavior or skill you are trying to teach. Then the individual with autism watches the video, makes attempts at the behavior, and over time internalizes the skill or routine.

Video Self-Modeling:  In this type of modeling the learner is their own model.   To make the recording, you prompt the learner to imitate you to complete the skill/routine.  You record the process and edit out the prompts, or incomplete attempts.  This process works well for classroom routines like packing or unpacking, and for academic tasks with a specific procedure like subtraction with regrouping.

Benefits of video modeling:

  • Screen time is motivating!
  • Video models present visual rather than auditory instruction.
  • Video models don’t get tired, or distracted, and can be watched as often as needed.
  • Portions of the video can be used to support forward or backward chaining procedures.

To learn more about video modeling, read this.

For steps to creating a video model, click here.