Video Self Modelling (VSM)  involves creating a short video using simple videoing and editing techniques that shows the subject  themselves performing a skill that is just out of reach, but which is potentially reachable. Through viewing this video the skill is rapidly learnt.


I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with Anthea Naylor in a classroom setting and have seen first-hand the remarkable results that she has achieved with her students using VSM and VPM. Through Anthea’s passion and belief that all people have the ability to learn, she has developed a highly successful teaching method that is incredibly engaging and user friendly for both staff and students.

Under Anthea’s guidance, I have successfully taught both my children, (one with disability and one without a disability) to overcome specific anxieties and develop new skills, by seeing themselves positively through personalised VSM videos.

I have witnessed such an extensive variety of positive learning outcomes for students using VSM and I feel extremely privileged to have been taught such valuable skills from the most forward thinking and dedicated teacher I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Jo Davis- Disability Service Coordinator

It is wonderful when practice intersects with research and that is what is happening in Victoria Australia. Shane Spence and Anthea Naylor are using self-modeling in creative and effective ways. Both Shane and Anthea are special education teachers. Shane also brings a videography background to his school. His interest in video led him to the research being done on video self-modeling and he very quickly introduced it to his school especially into his wife Anthea's classroom. They use VSM in their school in three different ways. The first is making videos of individual children performing slightly beyond their present levels. This is the classic form of VSM this we usually see in research. A behavior is selected and the teachers, parents, and therapists decide on the way to capture footage to make it appear that children are acting in an advanced way (having them role play, imitate, or using "creative" editing). They've used it for language, socialization, and even physical challenges.   Shane established a television studio in his school and now runs a TV station entitled meTV. Shane often uses the self modeling videos in the broadcast. Thus, the self modeling videos become peer-modeling movies with the original "movie stars" getting additional positive reinforcement. The success of meTV has been staggering and has spread all across Australia and into Canada. Anthea also uses VSM for priming in her classroom. During transitions a short video is played of appropriate behavior and the activity in the next class making transitions go much more smoothly.

Dr, Tom Buggey- VSM Researcher Tennessee

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