Research: Video-Modeling and Autism Spectrum Disorder

August 29, 2018

Josh Plavnick, Ana D. Dueñas and Savana Bak are authors on two research articles that examine how video modeling can be used as a tool to help young children and adolescents grow in their skills and knowledge. Below find the abstract from two articles published in 2018 by the Journal of Autism and Development Disorders.

Title: Brief Report: Effects of Video-Based Group Instruction on Spontaneous Social Interaction of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Authors: Joshua B. Plavnick and Ana D. Dueñas
Abstract: Four adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were taught to interact with peers by asking social questions or commenting about others during game play or group activities. Participants were shown a video model and then given an opportunity to perform the social behavior depicted in the model when playing a game with one another. All participants demonstrated an increase in both social interaction skills, replicating previous research on video-based group instruction for adolescents with ASD. The results suggest the procedure may be useful for teaching social skills that occur under natural conditions.
Published Feb. 7, 2018

Title: Effects of Joint Video Modeling on Unscripted Play Behavior of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Authors: Ana D. Dueñas, Joshua B. Plavnick and M. Y. Savana Bak
Abstract: Preschool aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have marked deficits in pretend play that impede interactions with typically developing peers in inclusive early childhood settings. This study aimed to teach three young children with ASD to engage in pretend play behaviors with their peers. A multiple probe across participants experimental design was used to evaluate the effects of joint video modeling on scripted and unscripted verbalizations and scripted and unscripted play actions of children with ASD. The participants showed improvement on unscripted verbalizations during pretend play with typically developing peers in an inclusive early childhood setting.
Published: Aug. 22, 2018