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Saturday, December 1, 2012

AAC Video Modeling - Work, Shredding Paper

Video modeling is one powerful teaching strategy found to be effective with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Cassie Helland, SLPA, at Villa Esperanza Services' Speech & Language Center demonstrates use of an iPad and the FREE app called Picture Card Maker in videos filmed with an iPad2 and shown to students on that same iPad prior to a work period (not the best resolution, but sufficient for our needs!). 

In Villa Esperanza's Non-Public School Transition Program, one vocational training position involves paper shredding. In the following videos, Cassie models three expressive communication statements related to this student job.
Links to 3 Videos - More, Help, Break

The American Speech & Hearing Association's special interest group on AAC has a brief review of studies that use video modeling to teach requesting using AAC to individuals with autism, CLICK HERE to view the abstract

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders hosts a body of Evidence Based Practice briefs with one entire unit dedicated to the use of video modeling as a teaching technique for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. CLICK HERE to view the evidence base, PDF. More evidence based practices in Autism, CLICK HERE.

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