06/09/09 - Researcher writes book on how to teach people with autism
Date: June 9, 2009
Institute researcher writes book about technique to teach new skills to people with autism
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Tom Buggey, Ph.D., a researcher at Siskin Children’s Institute, has written a how-to book about a technique designed to teach new skills to people with autism and other developmental disabilities.
“Seeing is Believing,” published by Woodbine House, informs parents, educators and therapists how to use video self-modeling to teach a desired behavior to children and adults with autism.
Dr. Buggey will have a book signing Saturday, June 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga.
Video self-modeling is a technique in which a person with autism is filmed performing a skill or behavior that is slightly beyond his or her present functioning. This is achieved by either manipulating the filming — prompting the subject to perform the task — or editing two or more video clips together to make it seem like a seamless event. The edited video is shown to the person, which allows the individual to see him- or herself performing the activity correctly or at an advanced level. This process allows the person to observe the proper performance and form a visual memory of the activity — a process called “feed-forward” — which ultimately changes and improves his or her abilities.
“Seeing is Believing” explains the process of making self-modeling videos, including how to:
About Dr. Tom Buggey
About Siskin Children’s Institute