About the Author
|Tom Buggey received his master's degree in special education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and doctoral degree in early intervention from Penn State University. He conducts research at the Siskin Center for Child and Family Research at Siskin Children's Institute in Chattanooga and teaches at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He and his wife, Ann, live in Hixson, Tennessee.
Video self-modeling (VSM) is a proven and effective method for teaching new or more advanced skills and behaviors to people with autism. The technique uses homemade videos (created by parents, teachers, or therapists) to demonstrate a desired behavior. The key feature of any self-modeling video is that the person modeling the behavior in the video is the same person watching the video. VSM allows a person with autism to see himself performing the very skill he is trying to learn. This is accomplished through careful editing and manipulation of video footage, transforming it into a cohesive teaching tool. And the process is a lot easier than you may think!
Seeing Is Believing begins with an overview of the research and science behind VSM and insights into why it is a particularly good teaching method for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. It then explains the process of making self-modeling videos from start to finish, including how to:
These videos can teach or modify a wide variety of behaviors and skills, such as controlling tantrums, increasing the frequency and length of verbal responses, making requests, interacting with peers, and solving math problems. Seeing Is Believing is a good companion book to Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism and Stop That Seemingly Senseless Behavior!
- choose the behavior/skill to teach
- conduct a task analysis
- select and use camcorders and video software
- storyboard video scenes
- plan and shoot footage
- transfer the video to a VCR, DVD, or computer
- edit and manipulate the footage
- keep track of and interpret data
For further information on VSM, go to
Here you will find a blog that provides additional advice and consultation via email on VSM methods, sample videos, FAQs, and a discussion forum with professionals in the field.
Watch a video about how VSM was used to help a child with autism improve her peer interaction.