Improving Speech and Language in Children with Autism using Video Modeling

Monique Simpson

Hi everyone,

I have to say I’m finding video to be a great way of explaining all of the concepts and techniques that I have to share with you and also for bringing to life many of the examples that will help with applying these tips to your own situation. So I hope you’re enjoying them too!

This week’s tip focuses on how you can improve your child’s articulation and speech clarity skills using a technique called Video Modeling. There are many ways to improve articulation, but Video Modeling is one technique that I’ve found to be very effective over the years with the children I treat.

So anyway, I created a quick, step-by-step guide to show you exactly how you can use Video modeling to help your child’s articulation and speech development. So if your child is struggling with this then I think you’re going to find this video tip particularly helpful.

It goes for about 10 minutes.

P.S: Please share any thoughts or stories you may have about this video by leaving your comments in the box provided below.

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  • Kazi Delwar Hossain

    Hello Monica
    I do always go through your news letter and other relevant information , but my daughter is not speaking. she sometimes make sound at her own, but when we tried to talk to her she stops and close her eair.
    If you kindly let us know that you have any facility where we can visit and take my daughter, so that she learn how to communicate.

    Delwar

    • Sandra

      Wow. As a Nana of 3 1/2 year old about to be assessed all the help in the world is needed. What a lovely idea and so grateful that you share with others your professional help.

  • Jamie

    Thanks for doing this step-by-step video, I really enjoyed it and learned a lot!!!
    THANK YOU!!! 🙂

  • Kami

    While I won’t necessarily be using this process myself, it seems very useful and inspired me to try something similar using my cue cards. Instead of using my sons generic cue cards, I am going to make them look like dominoes, something he really likes. I’m hoping that will increase his motivation.

  • Leesa

    ‘Speech sounds on cue’ has been effective, it also has australian voices. I take the mouth close ups and use them with youtube or family videos.I add sound effects from The Simpons as well. I use video to show social situations as well. If any one knows of any video modelling sites can they let me know please.

  • Jennifer Smith

    Hello Monique,
    Congratulations on your pregnancy :0)
    I am really enjoying your video tips.
    The video modelling one was really good because my son Henry has started paying much more attention to my mouth when I talk and his own and practices different movements in the mirror!
    At the beginning of the year he was making groaning sounds now he has a wide range of babbling including some sounds which he uses in context eg na na na for no.
    It is lovely to see him becoming more social with his langauage.
    You do a wonderful job thank you so much.
    Jennifer Smith (Henry’s Mum )

  • Everything I have done with this has worked out well. If any one has any questions about how I did it please ask me in the comments and Ill be glad to answer.

  • Amy

    Hello Monica
    I do always go through your news letter and other relevant information , but my daughter is not speaking. she sometimes make sound at her own, but when we tried to talk to her she stops and close her eair.
    If you kindly let us know that you have any facility where we can visit and take my daughter, so that she learn how to communicate.

    Delwar

  • Amy

    Hi Monica,

    I’m a new grad Speechie. The concept of this blog is fantastic. However, I’m not sold on the idea of using DVD for therapy?? What external evidence are you using to support this service delivery model?

    Thanks, Amy.

    • @ Amy

      Hi. Are you referring to Video Modeling as a therapy tool or our Parent Training DVDs?
      Neither are intended to be delivery models on their own but tools/techniques that can be used in conjunction with an appropriate treatment approach. Such training devices and techniques are used with the aim of enhancing the effectiveness of any therapy already being carried out. Having said that, our training resources are very helpful as stand alone training tools (not therapy) that families can use independently of any particular delivery model to increase their knowledge of the individual difference of their unique child.

  • Benny

    My 2 year old grandson was diagnosed with ASD a month ago and we were advised to start an occupational therapy for him which we did. The problem is, whenever he is left alone with his therapist he just cries continuously for an an hour. After 3 sessions, I told his pediatrian what’s going on with the therapy, I said, it’s more of 1 hour crying spell than anything else. She said to stop the therapy because it’s just causing more problem to the child. What do you think? Shall I continue the therapy or shall I just wait for your DVD program to arrive and start my grandson’s therapy based on your DVD program. Thanks, Benny

  • Erin

    Hi. I’m finding it really hard to get into the industry as I have no qualifications and little research has been done on this, but I’m seeing great results re. Communication and behavioural improvements in children with ASD by teaching sign language. Parents and child care workers are very wary of what I do, calling it “alternative” therapy, and it makes it really hard to make any sort of living doing this. If I can’t get parents and professionals to take me seriously, I may have to give up and that seems unfair on the kids who could be helped. Any ideas?

  • Box Hill Speech Therapy

    Fantastic video. I like the way you sing about eating your strawberry 🙂

    http://www.speech-therapy.com.au/childrens-speech-pathology/3-5-year-olds-speech-therapy/

  • Hi Monique,

    Video modeling can be really an effective idea for improving speech & language in children with autism. But, one thing is that use of games & toys can be also a great idea for speech improvement in children because they loves games & toys always.

    Thanks,
    Jenny Villiers

  • Great video! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been looking for this method and just found that Video Modeling known to be really effective. I read that this is because the video stimulate them to be a better learner.