Using video modeling on an iPad to teach generalized matching on a sorting mail task to adolescents with autism

Jennifer L. Alexander, Kevin M. Ayres, Katie A. Smith, Sally B. Shepley, Theologia K. Mataras

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Two multiple probe designs across three and four participants evaluated the effects of video modeling to teach a matching response (sorting mail) to seven adolescents with autism. Participants were instructed on one set of responses (five mail pieces) using video modeling, while concurrently monitoring two other sets for generalization effects. Results indicated that three participants learned their target set and generalized to the untrained sets, and two participants required an error correction procedure to achieve or approach mastery on their target set. Two participants did not acquire target sets with video based instruction. Data on setting generalization and maintenance are also provided for the participants who reached mastery. Participant variables that may relate to responding, limitations to the study, and directions for future research on video based instruction are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1346-1357
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education , through Grant R324A100094 to the University of Georgia. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the US Department of Education.


  • Autism
  • Generalized matching
  • Technology
  • Video modeling
  • Vocational skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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