Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Video Modeling Interventions for Individuals with Autism

Delano, M. E. (2007).
Remedial and Special Education, 28(1), 33-42.
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Indicators of Review Quality

  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
  • Yes Quality assessments are reproducible.
  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details


This is a review of studies that investigated the evidence pertaining use of video modeling interventions for children with autism.

Questions/Aims Addressed

  1. What participant characteristics and settings were described in the studies?
  2. What type of video modeling intervention was used most frequently (self as model or other as model)?
  3. What skill areas were addressed, and what types of dependent measures were used?
  4. What types of research designs were employed, and how often were data collected concerning interobserver agreement, treatment fidelity, and social validity?
  5. How effective were video modeling interventions in improving the skills of individuals with autism?


Participants with autism spectrum disorder


Video modeling interventions

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Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Overall, results of the review indicated positive gains in social-communicative skills, functional skills, perspective-taking skills, and problem behavior. However, the authors cautioned that: "A small pool of studies was reviewed, and treatment effects were not measured. Consequently, it is unclear at this time whether video modeling is more or less effective than other models of instruction for learners with autism, and too soon to make detailed recommendations for practitioners" (p. 41). 

Keywords: Computer/Technology/Video-Based Instruction, Social Communication

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