Autism Language Program
Beginning as far back as the 1960s with the pioneering work of Albert Bandura, it became clear that motion video is a powerful medium for learning. Recently, researchers discovered that persons with autism have a relative strength in visual processing and can benefit from observing videos to learn many of the routine skills needed to live and participate in their community. This video-based observational learning technique is so compelling that in the ALP, we often make clinical recommendations to use video media to teach more difficult concepts and ideas. Since there are not enough "off the shelf" materials available to make this an easy solution for parents and teachers, we provide guidance on the creation and implementation of these materials that we believe make a real difference in a child's learning.
Our Observational Learning Project in the ALP focuses on developing materials to teach imitation, social skills and daily living skills (dressing, hygiene), as well as improving language and communication.