Diverse Populations

Appropriately designed modeling has obvious application to individuals with disabilities and other diversity who may lack suitable models in their natural environment. Well-documented examples exist in the teaching of daily living skills, such as shopping by young adults with autism. Other types of skills for which modeling-based training has been developed include social skills, recreation, communication (e.g., sign language), vocational skills, and academics. Although it would seem best to use peers as models, often the models are expert adults from the dominant culture. Such demonstrations must be carefully constructed to match the individuality of the intended trainees.

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