"Video is something that lets me share my ideas with my readers in a way that is efficient and effective" says The Autism Helper.

This week, we’re showcasing Best Practices for Reinforcement {Proactive Behavior Management Training} from The Autism Helper.

Here’s what we noticed:

  • Speaking directly at the camera creates a rapport with the audience. The Autism Helper does a great job of this along with making sure her filming environment is not distracting.
  • Key points and text on the screen is a great way to keep engagement up and the flow of your video consistent.
  • While this video doesn’t include a custom preview, The Autism Helper uses the first fifty seconds to mention who can benefit from the video and what they’ll learn after watching.

Let’s hear more from The Autism Helper about creating video!

1.  What inspired you to start creating Video on TpT?
I am a very visual learner (like many of our students!) and the way I learn best is by seeing something in action. When I started my website, this was something I always considered. I had a lot of ideas to share and video naturally became a great way to illustrate exactly what strategies or materials I was blogging about. Video has always been a huge part of my website. From yearly classroom video tours, to video tutorials of teaching concepts, to video screen previews of my TpT resources, video is something that lets me share my ideas with my readers in a way that is efficient and effective.

When TpT announced that they were doing videos, I was really excited since this is something that I had been doing for a while. However, I wanted my TpT videos to be different than my YouTube videos I had already done. I wanted my TpT videos to be the same quality as presentations that I give at Professional Development conferences. I wanted them to be more like a webinar or online course and provide some in-depth content knowledge on a specific subject.


2. What steps did you take prior to filming your video?
I first created an outline based on a Powerpoint that I use when I speak at conferences. Then, I planned what content I wanted to be on the screen that correlated with the subject I was talking about. Sometimes, I preferred text on the screen next to me. Other times, I preferred using images or pictures with my voice in the background. That’s about it. My husband and I started filming and figured it out from there!


3. What was the most challenging part of the process?
Lighting! My endeavor for a professional quality video was consumed by perfecting the lighting. I had the content down but we wanted to make sure the quality was crisp and clear. We used 5 lights in total to remove as much of the shadows as possible! We scoured the internet and watched many YouTube videos on how to create a homemade but professional lighting system. We had no idea it would be so difficult!

"Video is something that lets me share my ideas with my readers in a way that is efficient and effective" says The Autism Helper.
Remove unwanted shadows with a ring light


4. What software did you use to create your video? Were there any new tips or tricks that you learned in the process?
We filmed everything on an iPad and used iMovie to edit the video. We really liked using iMovie. It is user friendly and relatively easy to use. The one thing that we would have changed was we would have filmed shorter clips to make the editing process easier.




5. Can you tell us about one or two of your videos that you really like? How do you hope these videos will help educators?
My first video – Best Practices for Reinforcement – is designed to provide in-depth knowledge on utilizing the concept of reinforcement to increase appropriate behaviors in your class and create effective classroom management systems. I hope this video helps educators, clinicians, and parents increase positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors in a proactive way!