Julia Jacobi

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Action Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Special Education

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Margaret M. Szper

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Autism spectrum disorders; Autism in children; Technology and children; Visual aids


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of video self-modeling on a student with autism who had difficulty transitioning from a preferred activity to a less preferred activity. The major question examined in this study was as follows: Is video self-modeling a useful tool in teaching individuals with autism how to successfully transition from one activity to another? Video modeling employs the use of videos to teach new skills. Students watch videos of someone successfully completing a task to increase their understanding of each step of the task. When the individual in the video is the student himself, this is referred to as video self-modeling. In this study, the researcher investigated the effects of video self-modeling on a student with autism and his ability to successfully transition from one activity to another. The student who participated in this study struggled with transitions. It was hypothesized that he would benefit from a new tool to help him successfully transition throughout the day. In addition to benefitting the student participant, this research also had the potential to provide educators with valuable information about a tool that could be used to introduce new activities to students and prepare them for transitions. Students are expected to move from place to place throughout the building on a very regular basis. For students with autism, video modeling may make those transitions more concrete and easier for them to navigate. It has the potential to decrease problem behaviors and increase independence. The use of video self modeling introduces the added element of increased engagement as a result of watching oneself complete the desired task. By using video self modeling, it was hypothesized that the student in this study would be more motivated by watching himself successfully complete a transition on the video.


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