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Lights, Camera, Action!

Video Modeling to Teach New Skills at School & Work & Home

Joanie Garro, MA, BCBA, CT Alex McFerren, Autism Self-Advocate

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Virtually 9 - 11 am CST

Two CEs for Educators, LMFTs, LPCs, Social Workers, Psychologists

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Use of video modeling, scripting, and bug-in-ear technology are evidenced based approaches to teach social skills and other adaptive skills at home, community, and school/work. Highly visual learners benefit from breaking down a skill into small steps, practicing the skill, video recording the skill, and then watching themselves or others perform the skill in a movie.


You will learn how to become a film maker using tools such as your phone, camera, or tablet to create your own movie clips. The videos can be used for the learner, the instructor/therapist, and the parent as a teaching and assessment tool. Video samples will be shown.


Ms. Garro has worked with individuals of all ages with Autism, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, and other neurodiverse learning styles for over 30 years. She uses this concept in her private practice with families and districts. Joanie started, FILM CLUB, an inclusive social skills group in 2006. These tools can also be used to facilitate new skills in co-workers, employers, and instructors.


Alex McFerren, 23, was Ms. Garro’ s student in the first grade and has spoken at national conferences with her about autism and self-advocacy. He has overcome obstacles including being non-verbal in a self-contained classroom to becoming an Aggie pursuing a degree to be an Ag teacher. He has worked as a paraprofessional at a junior high in a structured learning class for students with autism and other behavioral issues. His favorite motto is, "I believe I can". He will talk about how video modeling, scripts and bug-in-ear (Bluetooth) technology have helped him tremendously over the years. 


The participant will be able to


  • define video modeling and self-modeling, scripting, bug-in-ear training, and be familiar with research to support it.


  • describe 3 ways to use video modeling at home, school, work and in the community to teach social skills and other daily skills, to train teachers/parents and to show progress of a skill.


  • discuss why proximity fading is crucial when teaching someone new skills with research to support it.

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