This is not what I'm writing about today.
Here is Wikipedia's definition:
In video self-modeling (VSM), individuals observe themselves performing a behavior successfully on video, and then imitate the targeted behavior. Video modeling has been used to teach many skills, including social skills, communication, and athletic performance; it has shown promise as an intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
A couple of years ago, a teacher and I worked with a group of children with autism on specific social skills needed to function in a classroom. These included sitting in a chair correctly, raising a hand to get called on, and saying "Thank You" when given something. We actually worked on many other skills, but these were a few that we could teach through video self-modeling. We had them practice the skill in controlled settings, we recorded them with a digital videocamera, and then I took the raw footage home and edited it painstakingly though Pinnacle Studio. Here's a screenshot of how many cuts and edits needed to be done. We added captions and music, burned DVDs as each chapter was added, and the kids loved it. We had requests from the kids to watch it weekly!
|Pinnacle Studio screenshot|
|Screenshot from video---kids practicing raising hands to be called on.|
Here is a YouTube video explaining more in depth as to what Video Self-Modeling is all about.
Look for more updates as the year progresses!