Over the past 30 years, various clinicians have successfully
used video interventions to help children and adults learn new behaviors and
skills and eliminate undesired ones. In the last several years,
teachers in our district have used a form of video intervention called video
self-modeling, to help students with disabilities learn new skills, increase
the frequency of a skill they have but do not use very often, and to make
successful transitions to new situations. More specifically, teachers
capture and edit video segments so students can see themselves performing
the desired behavior or skill (i.e., positive self-images). Students
can watch the videos at home and at school to see themselves doing things
they were unable to do before which builds their confidence regarding
learning new skills.
the new digital video solutions such as Pinnacle Studio or Windows Movie
Maker, this process has become a great deal easier and more exact! Some
advantages of the use of this technology for this purpose...
- Ease of Use: No tape-to-tape recording, less time watching
hours of unusable tape to find a few minutes of usable recorded
behaviors. Videos are captured, and then parts can be quickly selected,
or unusable parts cut away, in a drag-and-drop computer environment.
- Increased quality: With added titles or text prompts, and the
ability to easily add or edit voiceovers and other sounds, you can make your video
much more friendly, useful, and effective!
- Flexible delivery: The resultant videos can be quickly and
easily recorded back to any medium which a student, parent, or teacher
can use - including VHS or digital tape, a video CD or DVD, or a
computer file for computer playback.
- Confidentiality: With some care in computer file management,
ongoing video projects are only available to specific computer logins -
you can walk away from your project without fear that confidentiality
will be breached. Once the project is completed, all files can be
quickly and easily deleted.
For help on using this powerful tool for this, or other special education
applications, contact Becky
Farmer at IAKSS. For technical help or or training opportunities,
contact your school/district TRT, or Jeffrey
Submitted by Becky Farmer and
Jeffrey L. Jones