The Seeing is Believing book shows how video self-modeling (VSM) is a proven and effective method for teaching new or more advanced skills and behaviors to children with autism. The technique uses homemade videos (created by parents, family members, teachers or therapists) to demonstrate a desired behavior. The key feature of any self-modeling video is that the person modeling the behavior in the video is the same person watching the video. VSM allows a person with autism to see himself performing the very skill he is trying to learn. This is accomplished through careful editing and manipulation of video footage, transforming it into a cohesive teaching tool. And the process is a lot easier than you may think!
Seeing Is Believing begins with an overview of the research and science behind VSM and insights into why it is a particularly good teaching method for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. It then explains the process of making self-modeling videos from start to finish, including how to:
- choose the behavior/skill to teach
- conduct a task analysis
- select and use camcorders and video software
- storyboard video scenes
- plan and shoot footage
- transfer the video to a VCR, DVD, or computer
- edit and manipulate the footage
- keep track of and interpret data
These videos can teach or modify a wide variety of behaviors and skills, such as controlling tantrums, increasing the frequency and length of verbal responses, making requests, interacting with peers and solving math problems.
Seeing is Believing Specifications:
- 125 pages.
- Soft cover.
- By Tom Buggey, Ph.D.