Authors: Wert BY, Neisworth JT
Title: Effects of video self-modeling on spontaneous requesting in children with autism
Source: Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions 2003 5(1): 30-34
Year: 2003
Research Design: Single Case Design

Video self-modeling (VSM) is a promising intervention to teach new skills and improve the use of existing skills in young children with autism. VSM includes observation and imitation of one's self on videotape that records specific desirable child behaviors. The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of VSM for training young children with autism to make spontaneous requests in school settings. Four young children (all boys; aged 3-6 yrs) with autism participated. Experimental control was demonstrated using a multiple-baseline design across participants. Introduction of VSM led to a large increase in requesting behavior in all four children. VSM was effective in causing an increase in spontaneous requesting in young children with autism.

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