I have been a Teacher for 20 years and have taught Special Education in a Special Development school for 10 years. Several years ago I found myself the teacher of a challenging classroom. I had students with high sensory needs, challenging behaviours, absconding habits, low communication skills and low social skills. I hit that hard spot in teaching where I started seriously looking into a new career and where turning up for work was a big challenge. I felt like I didn't have enough strategies to teach this group and began desperately looking for a new way to teach.
I didn't have to look far because my husband Shane Spence had started talking about a new idea he'd read about and was beginning to use on his meTV program. This was Video Self Modelling. I looked up Dr. Tom Buggey's work and started exploring what all the fuss was about.
Captivated by the data and alleged success stories I began reading through the research and watching samples that Dr. Buggey produced. I couId not believe what I was reading could possibly be true. If I made a short video to teach a new skill and through careful editing made it look like it was really happening - my very non-compliant, difficult students would change their behaviour! I felt inspired to get back to my classroom after the Easter holidays to try out my first VSM on my students. With i-Pad in hand I started filming and editing.
This first VSM in 2013 was such a huge success. I taught a boy who could barely be understood to speak clearly. He made over 30 clear requests in the first day after watching his VSM. I then taught a non-verbal boy with autism who was unable to say YES or NO, to nod his head for YES. For the first time in his life he could make a choice. 
I was convinced this was real and proceeded to make over 40 VSMs that year. My unruly class transformed. They watched group VPMs (Video Peer Models) of themselves to learn group activities like lining up, sitting in chairs as a group, walking together around the school, packing up toys, eating meals together and how to unpack school bags. All activities that were previously mild disasters every day. By editing out unwanted behaviours and only showing the behaviours I wanted, I was able to teach skills that were unimaginable one term earlier.
 I felt like I had stumbled on to a genius secret, and wanted to tell anyone who would listen what is possible with VSM. I am now passionately teaching teachers, parents, education support staff, therapists and disability workers how and why to use VSM with students and clients with special needs. I have trained over 30 Victorian, S.A. and ACT Schools and Organisations in VSM. 
This strategy is simple, quick, easy to make and extremely effective. I know it sounds too good to be true. If it's SO good why doesn't everybody know about it and use it? Yes. I Agree! This is why I am here. 
When made well and pitched correctly VSM will, in 80 % of cases, be effective in the first 3 views. That's amazing. The other good news is that skills taught with VSM are usually well generalised and the skill retention is high. That means that a new skill taught is carried out in other settings and stays with the learner. This is what the research supports what I have found to be true. I have worked now with many more students and classes, and continue to achieve amazing results. VSM is a particularly successful strategy for people with Autism.
I want ALL teachers to know about this. I want ALL parents living with and loving a child with special needs or challenging behaviours to know how to make VSMs for their home life. I want ALL teaching students in Universities to graduate knowing about this, and I want all adult disability placement services and housing units to use VSM to teach young adults life skills and independent living skills.  I want all Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Music Therapists to understand how transforming and effective it can be to use VSM in their work. 
It's easy. It works and it makes kids feel success which makes them feel GOOD!  I love that.