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ERIC Number: EJ931920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Step by Step: Social Skills Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Video Models and Peer Mentors
Ogilvie, Christine R.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v43 n6 p20-26 Jul-Aug 2011
For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), impairments in social skills can impact interactions with peers, family members, and the world. Impairments in social skills vary from person to person, and may include lack of eye contact, limited affect, or nonexistent verbal communication. One strategy for teaching social skills to children with ASD is to use a combination of "video modeling" and "peer mentoring." Videos can be played repeatedly, which is beneficial to students with ASD who learn through repetition. In addition, video models provide real-life examples of the desired skills, taking the mystery out of some facets of social interaction and creating a concrete visual for students with ASD. Combining video modeling with peer mentoring--using peers of students with disabilities to practice skills, provide feedback on the skills, and provide increased chances for social engagement--can foster a greater impact in providing social skills instruction. This article discusses how teachers can create effective videos using peer models. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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