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Modeling (MD)

By using modeling (MD), the learner with ASD can acquire and generalize new skills/behaviors. 

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about modeling (MD).
  • Applying MD in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The MD module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for MD 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of MD 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for MD 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using MD 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring MD 25 minutes
Applying MD 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2016). Modeling. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the modeling (MD) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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