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Citation:  Burke, R.V., Allen, K. D., Howard, M. R., Downey, D., Matz, M. G., & Bowen, S. L. (2013). Tablet-based video modeling and prompting in the workplace for individuals with autism. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 38 1-14.
Title:  Tablet-based video modeling and prompting in the workplace for individuals with autism
Authors:  Burke, R.V., Allen, K. D., Howard, M. R., Downey, D., Matz, M. G., & Bowen, S. L.
Year:  2013
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-120616
Full text:  http://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabili...    |   PDF   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Video modeling has been combined with other evidence-based practices to improve learning and performance of functional life skills among adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Purpose:  The current study involved a preliminary job-site testing of computer software, i.e., VideoTote, delivered via a computer tablet and designed to provide users with video modeling and prompting for use by young adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across a range of employment settings.
Setting:  The study took place in a 20,000 square foot manufacturing and shipping warehouse in a Midwestern city. The facility employs 18 full-time staff who possessed a wide range of technical, design, production, and business skills. The company ships products throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Study sample:  Four men, age 19 to 28 years, who are unemployed and on the autism spectrum
Intervention:  The intervention involved video modeling and prompting with a 13 minute video depicting an individual completing job responsibilities that entailed checking to make sure materials were in working order, replacing defective items, packing materials in a container, entering information into a computer, and attaching a label to a container.
Control or comparison condition:  none
Data collection and analysis:  A multiple baseline design was used to assess changes in rates of completion with a complex, 104-step shipping task by four participants diagnosed with ASD. Baseline data were collected on accuracy of task completion after exposure to typical job-training involving instruction, modeling, and practice.
Findings:  Results suggested that video modeling and prompting were effective in helping individuals with autism complete a multi-step shipping task. Participants and their parents gave the video modeling and prompting process and VideoTote software high ratings as an intervention for adults with autism to use in the workplace and as an intervention that incorporates universal design features.
Conclusions:  Preliminary evidence suggests that the VideoTote software, and portability of tablet-based video modeling and prompting, in particular, holds promise for improving job prospects for young adults with autism currently hoping to enter the workforce.

Disabilities served:  Autism / ASD
Populations served:  Other
Interventions:  Assistive technology