Autism Language Program
Video Technology and Interaction
Our clinicians also examine whether your child's skills will improve with the use of media and videos. We look to see if there a window of instructional opportunity that will allow us to teach a skill better with video than with live (in vivo) instruction.
We look to determine if:
- we capture your child's attention
- your child imitates
- your child engages in symbolic play
Positive findings then lead us to the use of visual media as an instructional approach, known as observational learning.
Observational learning typically involves a student with autism viewing a prerecorded video where a model teaches specific behaviors and concepts.
Two-way Observational Learning
In the ALP, we have pioneered the use of a two-way observational environment where there is a real-time, interactive connection between the learner, who appears on a TV monitor in one room, and an instructor, who appears on a separate TV monitor in another room. This is an innovative way to use video to teach children with autism essential concepts and ideas.
In both methods, we look at imitations, activities of daily living (ADL), language learning, and social skills.