Community-based vocational instruction using videotaped modeling for young adults with autism spectrum disorders performing in air-inflated mascots

Keith D. Allen, Dustin P. Wallace, Diana J. Greene, Scott L. Bowen, Raymond V. Burke

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Abstract

The authors examined the benefits of video modeling to teach a unique vocational skill set to an adolescent and two young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Video modeling was used to teach skills necessary to entertain customers and promote products in a retail setting while wearing a WalkAround' costume. The three participants were observed before and after watching a video model perform the skills in the costume in scripted and naturalistic scenes. Data can be interpreted to conclude that all participants learned to use the skills in combination or sequence after watching the video model. The skills generalized to an actual job opportunity. The participants reported they enjoyed the work, and comments from supervisors were positive. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-192
Number of pages7
JournalFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • community-based vocational instruction
  • high functioning
  • video modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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