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Apps to Use for Video Self Modeling

Video self modeling is a great intervention strategy to use in a variety of settings to increase student behavioral success. Jason Carroll wrote a few great posts here and here in the past that are a great start to get an idea of what this is all about. If you want to read a recent meta-analysis of this strategy here’s a link to the article (it costs) and here’s a link to a great summary (it’s free!) that gives you the main nuts and bolts.

When considering the initial media equipment that was used in the early years of video self modeling, we have come a long way. Fortunately we have been able to trade in our VCR tapes for mobile devices! Here are 2 great apps that I have used to create video models:  iMovie and PuppetPals HD.

iMovie is a mainstream app that is a replication of the software available on Macs. With the app version of this tool you can record, edit, and deploy all from the same device. Using iMovie on my iPad, I’ve been able to make videos on the spot in almost any setting. With cases like LifeProof, you can even get them wet.

PuppetPals HD is actually an app that people (children mostly) use to create digital puppet shows. I’m sure the developers didn’t have VSM in mind during the development of this app. It is a free app, but if you upgrade (an in app purchase) then you can take pictures of people, objects, and settings and use these in the creation of the video. I have found this to be a helpful tool when creating a video model of a student that will not demonstrate the target behavior. Here’s a really simple example video created in this app.

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on using these apps to develop intervention media.

About Jason Gibson

Jason Gibson is a learning and behavioral consultant working with schools and treatment facilities across the US supporting children and adolescents with cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral issues. His focus is on practical implementation of research informed practices to increase outcomes for learners with and without disabilities. With degrees in psychology, social work, and education, Jason’s peer-reviewed research has been published in journals such as “Topics in Early Childhood Special Education”, “Closing the Gap”, and “Education and Treatment of Children with Developmental Disabilities”. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky writing his dissertation on the Efficacy of Online Professional Development to Increase Implementation of Stimulus Preference Assessments. In addition to his consulting work, Jason is the director of the BabbCenter and provides guidance to one of the leading counseling centers that operates from a faith-based perspective. Jason grew up in Titusville, FL and prior to moving to the Nashville area, made central Kentucky his home for 8 years.

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