For years many of us have relied on still photos to help teach children on the autism spectrum. That may be fine for things like dogs and cars, but verbs? With my students, I have found video clips (and gifs) to be way more interesting. So why split-screen verbs? Well, I got the idea from a reference to a **research article not too long ago. It got me thinking that there might be something to the idea of presenting two clips of the same verb at the same time. Maybe it would help students to focus on actions and not so much on objects. It certainly was fun making these videos!
This digital product consists of 10 verbs: opening, reading, sitting, sleeping, walking, washing, blowing, cutting, drinking, and eating. There are five videos representations for each verb. Each video has either a split screen or picture in picture configuration, and most videos are between 8-10 seconds. Generally, the action loops at least a few times.
I plan on updating this product regularly. Eventually, I hope to get to 10 exemplars per verb. As a purchaser of this product, you will have the right to access additional videos in this set for no additional cost as they become available. As I add more videos, I will be raising the price accordingly. Deciding to purchase early, therefore, will ensure you get the best price!
*Note: Many of my earlier videos feature my children. Lately, I am incorporating more content from the website/app Pexels. Pexels offers free-to-use images and video for whatever purpose one would like. Essentially, you could freely download many of the same videos of people "jumping" or "eating" featured in my clips. However, what you would not get by doing so is the background music, split-screen representation, and occasionally altered filters that I have created through hours of editing. I just wanted to be transparent about that :)
**I am attempting an application of this research to autistic children. The original article I link to involved 3-year-olds who are autistic. Since this project is a work in progress, I did not consistently follow the 3rd condition listed in the study for every video (in which the object always varies). As such, I'd like to record data and measure how my students respond over time. Depending on how it pans out, I'll adjust the videos accordingly. Please let me know what you have found! And stay tuned!