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Video Modelling and Behaviour Analysis A Guide for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism

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Book - Video Modelling and Behaviour Analysis A Guide for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism

by: Christos Nikopoulos and Mickey Keenan
Foreword by Sandy Hobbs

About the author:

Dr Christos Nikopoulos has a BSc in Occupational Therapy and a PhD in autism and video modelling as a behavioural analytic procedure from the University of Ulster, and is currently a lecturer at the School of Health Sciences and Social Care at Brunel University. He has written widely in the areas of autism and neurological and behavioural interventions in special education.

Mickey Keenan is a behaviour analyst and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-338-7

Year: 2006

Publication Info: 208pp


Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a successful educational method for developing social and communication skills in children with autism. The use of video modelling in ABA programmes has demonstrated great effectiveness in teaching behavioural skills to autistic children, and this book explains how and why.

Video modelling is an easy-to-use behaviour modification technique that uses videotaped rather than ‘live’ scenarios for the child to observe, concentrating the focus of attention for the child with autism and creating a highly effective stimulus for learning. Video Modelling and Behaviour Analysis provides a practical introduction to the technique, its objectives, strategies for use and evidence of its success. Illustrative case examples are supported by detailed diagrams and photographs, with clear, accessible explanations.

Video Modelling and Behaviour Analysis will be a welcome addition to the practical literature on autism interventions for parents of autistic children and the professionals working with them.



Foreword by Sandy Hobbs. Preface. 1. Social Deficits in Autism: An Overview of Treatment Procedures. 2. Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Autism: Basic Concepts in Practice and Research. 3. Modelling from a Behavioural Point of View: Video Modelling in Context. 4. Implementation of Video Modelling in Autism. 5. Discussion and Further Directions. Appendix: Questionnaire for Teachers and Caregivers. References. Subject index. Author index.



Learning outcomes are explicit and achieved and one is left in little doubt of the value of this form of modelling in the promotion of social skills in children with autism. It is refreshing to see the researched evidence for its success and to appreciate a step by step guide in the setting up, establishing and assessment of its effectiveness.


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