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Picture Perfect

Video Self-Modeling is a powerful intervention that uses carefully planned and edited videos of self-imaging so students can view themselves performing a task, skill, or behavior at mastery. More than 45 years of research supports the efficacy of this unique intervention across an array of behaviors and disabilities, including:       

  • Dysfluent speech
  • Daily living skills
  • Classroom routines and transitions
  • Appropriate replacement behaviors for aggression and tantrums
  • Language pragmatics
  • Anxiety
  • Noncompliance
  • Selective mutism
  • Use of strategies for academics with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)



 A meta-analysis conducted in 2007 concluded that both video peer and self-modeling met the Council for Exceptional Children’s requirements for research-based methods. (Bellini & Akullian, 2007)

 Bellini, S. & Akullian, J., (2007). A meta-analysis of video modeling and video self-modeling interventions for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Exceptional Children, 73, 261-284


 Picture Perfect: Video Self-Modeling for Behavior Change contains step-by-step directions for:

  • Selecting goal behaviors
  • Developing a progress monitoring system
  • Planning the video
  • Creating the video
  • Data collection and interpretation


Picture Perfect: Video Self-Modeling for Behavior Change includes 12 specific application examples with reproducible data collection forms, a visual index for supported decision making and all the information necessary to design and implement this effective intervention.

Read Simple Ways Video Self-Modeling Can Help Your ASD Child in Autism Parenting Magazine. Picture Perfect author Melissa Root explains how parents can use video self-modeling to help their children learn and improve behaviors.

Video self modeling produces benefits for special education students describes how video self-modeling is being used in the Berlin, CT, school system.


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 104 pp. with downloadable forms
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 Melissa Bray and Melissa Root
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Melissa Bray, Ph.D.



Melissa A. Bray, Ph.D., is director of the school psychology program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Dr. Bray is an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology. She is licensed as a psychologist in the State of Connecticut, holds national certification in school psychology, state certification in school psychology, and licensure in speech language pathology. She has published or has in press more than 150 articles, chapters, and reviews in professional literature, and has presented over 100 scholarly papers at national and international conferences. She serves as associate editor or on the editorial review board of various major journals in the field. Her research interests encompass interventions for communication disorders, classroom disruptive behavior, and physical health and wellness. Dr. Bray can be contacted at mbray@uconn.edu.

Melissa Root, Ph.D.

Dr. Melissa Bray


Melissa M. Root, Ph.D., is owner of Root Success Solutions LLC, a faculty member, and a certified school psychologist. She has given more than 50 regional, national and international presentations and has numerous publications in the field of educational psychology, including several on video self-modeling. Dr. Root’s interests include research-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder, behavioral challenges, developmental disabilities, and selective mutism; self-determination; and mind-body research. She is also a reviewer for prominent journals in the field. Dr. Root is the inaugural director of Connecticut’s premier schooner race and serves as a commissioner of New London’s Port Authority. She began using video self-modeling when VHS tapes and expensive editing equipment were required. Dr. Root is excited that this technique is now fully accessible to practitioners thanks to recent advances in technology. Dr. Root is available for consultation at root.success.solutions@gmail.com.