THE IMPACT OF VIDEO MODELING ON IMPROVING SOCIAL SKILLS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

M. Alzyoudi

United Arab Emirates University (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Autistic children often show lack of socially expressive skills that would allow them to engage with others more successfully. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the impact of using video modeling on improving social skills for autistic children. Video-modeling (VM) is a widely used instructional technique that has been applied to teach children with developmental disabilities. The sample of this study consists of ten children, their age ranged (5-7), they randomly assigned to an experimental group (5) and control group (5). In the present study, video modeling was used to promote appropriate social skills of the experiential group. In treatment program, each child watched a videotape of two persons interacting in a play setting. One person acted as the therapist and presented the social cues. The second acted as the child, and provided models of appropriate responses. Mann-Whitne, and Wilcoxon were used for data analysis. Results indicated that there were significant differences between the experimental and control groups of this study in favor of the experimental group.