By: Amber Simpson, John Langone, and Kevin M. Ayres
Effects of combining video and computer based instruction to teach social skills to four students with autism were evaluated with a multiple probe design across behaviors. The teacher designed a computer based program with embedded video clips of peers without disabilities displaying examples and non-examples of the targeted social skills: sharing, following teacher directions, and social greetings. Students were required to discriminate the examples from non-examples displayed in the video clips. Following computer based training, students participated in group activities with peers without disabilities. This allowed for evaluation of social skill acquisition. All students showed rapid improvements in targeted social skills in the natural environment.