Master of Arts (M.A.)
Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of video modeling approaches in the acquisition of a variety of important skills among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This project applies the research examining video modeling in order to teach independent living skills to adults with ASD. Thirteen videos of an adult modeling an independent living skill in two minutes or less were planned and filmed using an iPad. The videos were uploaded to Google Drive and made accessible on a simple website built and hosted via Google Sites. A multi-level review process was conducted to evaluate the quality and practical utility of the video modeling clips. First, a panel of national experts was assembled and conducted an evaluation related to the quality of the video clips. Second, a panel of practitioners and parents of individuals with ASD reviewed the clips to evaluate their relevance for use in practical intervention environments. This project demonstrates that creating videos for the purpose of modeling independent living skills and providing those videos via a commonly accessible medium is possible through the use of current technologies and online resources. Furthermore, by developing an online archive of videos, adults with ASD may access models of skills without depending on another person.
Lopez, Ricardo, "Video modeling as a strategy for independent living skill acquisition among adults with autism spectrum disorder" (2013). Capstone Projects (Campus-Only Access). 497.