Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Name

School Psychology

Department or School/College

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Greg R. Machek

Commitee Members

Jacqueline Brown, Christine Fiore, Ann Garfinkle, Anisa N. Goforth


University of Montana


Social skill deficits are a core, defining feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder. As such, many of the available interventions for children and youth with autism are designed to target social skill development. Although many of these interventions purport to be an effective means of teaching social skills to children and youth with autism, many are lacking in empirical evidence and do not satisfy criteria for evidence-based practice. Encouragingly, video modeling interventions have been deemed an evidence-based practice for children and youth with autism. Research demonstrates that video modeling interventions can prove an effective means for the generalization of skills, a necessary component of any intervention that aims to make a meaningful and relevant difference in the client’s life. As such, the present research will investigate whether a clinic-based video modeling intervention can generalize to home and school settings, using the approach of training sufficient exemplars across settings. To date, the utility of video modeling interventions for generalization of skills from clinic to both home and school settings has not been documented. As such, the current study serves to enhance the literature by outlining the efficacy of video modeling interventions for the development of skills across several settings.



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