Effectiveness of video modeling in teaching earthquake and postearthquake evacuation safety skills for children with autism

KURT O., CEVHER Z., Kutlu M.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, vol.57, no.2, pp.331-340, 2024 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jaba.1057
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Periodicals Index Online, ABI/INFORM, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, CINAHL, Communication Abstracts, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.331-340
  • Keywords: autism, earthquake, safety skills, video modeling
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness of video modeling to teach safety skills during earthquakes and postearthquake evacuation to children with autism. Three male children with autism, aged 9-10 years, participated in the study. The results indicate that video modeling was effective at promoting the acquisition of "drop, cover, and hold on" and evacuation skills for all three students. Furthermore, the skills generalized to a new setting for all three participants and maintained up to 4 weeks after video modeling for the two participants for whom maintenance was evaluated. Social-validity data were also collected from participants, their parents, and a teacher, and the findings were positive overall. Implications for instruction and future research are discussed based on the results of the study.