The impact of video modelling on improving social skills in children with autism

Mohammed Alzyoudi, Abedalziz Sartawi, Osha Almuhiri

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Children with autism often show a lack of the interactive social skills that would allow them to engage with others successfully. They therefore frequently need training to aid them in successful social interaction. Video modelling is a widely used instructional technique that has been applied to teach children with developmental disabilities such as autism, and has been shown to be effective in teaching a variety of skills. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of video modelling on social skills development in children with autism living in the United Arab Emirates. The research was carried out by Mohammed Alzyoudi, AbedAlziz Sartawi and Osha Almuhiri, all from the United Arab Emirates University. A sample of five boys with autism was chosen to participate in this study. The boys ranged in age between five and seven years. Each child was asked to watch a videotape which presented two individuals interacting in a role-play setting. One person portrayed a therapist giving cues, while the second portrayed a child acting appropriately and demonstrating correct social behaviours. The boys were then asked to complete a social task and their performance was compared against baseline assessment measures. The results of this study indicate that this is an effective instruction method. Results are discussed and implications for further research and practice are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Special Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Autism
  • Intervention programme
  • Social skills deficits
  • Special education
  • Teaching social skills
  • Video modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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