The Use of Self-Narrated-Modeling Video to Increase Positive Behaviors in Children

Parents’ encounter many challenges raising their children, foremost among them time for parent-child interaction to assure a strong bond and positive behaviors. Because they are immature, children often behave out of confusion and impulsivity. In addition, if a child has a behavioral diagnosis, parents may feel defeated and become reactive to negative behavior instead of parenting with purpose and a calm demeanor. Parents need a tool that is easy to implement, engaging, timely, and effective in encouraging positive behavior. Parents can easily implement instructional videos, using self-narrated-modeling to facilitate their child’s acceptance and learning of positive behaviors.
Self-narrated-modeling consists of a video of a child instructing and modeling desired behaviors for himself. As the child instructs himself, he also performs the desired behavior on the video. Step-by-step instruction of the desired behavior precedes a demonstration. Upon completing the video, the parent and child view the video together. As the child tells himself what the task is and then demonstrates the task, the parent affirms the chosen behavior. The one-to-three minute video will communicate a plethora of positive messages to the child, such as clarity of direction, affirmation, autonomy, encouragement, belonging, and family agreement. This paper investigates the biological, psychological, and social implications of video as it relates to a child’s learning and his resistance to learning.

Bernie Jerome Menge
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