Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Workshop #W3
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Using Video Modeling Techniques to Improve Social Behaviors of Preschoolers With Autism
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
7:00 AM–9:00 AM
Scene DEF, Niveau 0
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Kathleen McCabe-Odri, Ed.D.
KATHLEEN MCCABE-ODRI (Partners In Learning, Inc.), LAUREN DEGRAZIA (Partners in Learning, Inc.), NICOLE M. RZEMYK (Partners in Learning, Inc.), JENNIFER CORNELY (Partners in Learning, Inc.), LORI LORENZETTI (Partners in Learning, Inc,)
Description: Video modeling (VM), in which the subject is shown a video version of a behavior he/she is to imitate, is a well-researched method used to improve a variety of deficits for learners with autism, particularly in the area of social skills (Charlop, 2007). Some benefits of video modeling are:
  • Faster acquisition/better generalization than in vivo modeling
  • Accentuates certain stimulus features
  • Minimizes distracting/irrelevant features
  • Is an engaging medium for longer attending
  • Does not require social interaction during learning
Video modeling offers options for intervention, specifically: peer modeling, self-modeling, and video point of view. Peer modeling utilizes same age/sex peers proficient in performing the skill. Video self-modeling uses the learner and editing processes as the model. Video point of view shows the video version of the behavior from the subject's visual perspective. Combining VM with other evidence-based practices provides learners with a comprehension plan to improve a variety of social behaviors. Today's technology makes video programming user-friendly. This workshop demonstrates via case studies how preschoolers with autism benefit from VM to increase play, respond/initiate conversation, and improve participation in social activities within an inclusive preschool. Participants have the opportunity to learn to use current apps/devices via hands-on tutorials and sample VM options.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) define the major types of video modeling options; (2) match video approach to address specific target skill deficits; (3) define and measure subject's progress with video modeling protocols; (4) implement video modeling intervention using current technology,including editing simple video clips.
Activities: The format combines lecture, video demonstration, hands-on tutorial instruction and discussion
Audience: BCBAs, junior BCBAs
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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