inPromptu App – A Free Video Modeling App

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inPromptu App

Video modeling has strong evidence based practice behind its use. If you haven’t experienced the power of video modeling first hand, let the research behind it encourage you to use videos and self-modeling in your practice.

A previous post on Word Toob app (iPad; 19.99) briefly reviewed use for organizing videos, visual schedules and as an AAC app. It is a great app if you have the funds.

On the cheap, there are a few more apps on the low cost – no cost that can also provide organization of videos for your students or clients. Although they may not have all the bells and whistles, they provide an organized method of accessing videos to students or clients.

inPromptu iconinPromptu app (iPad/iPhone; free) – developed by the Ohio State University Department of Education with a grant from the US Department of Education, this app provides categories of activities of daily living videos and options of creating your own category or tasks. The goal of this app as stated on their website is to ” The overarching goal of the inPromptu project is to provide individuals with severe intellectual disabilities with a tool to be able to prompt themselves—to incite them to greater action by increasing their competence with daily living skills, to assist them with learning and maintaining new daily living skills, and by supplying them with an easily accessible video system to increase their self-reliance with daily living skills.”

inPromptu app provides a series of created video prompts for categories of cleaning, cooking, eating and drinking, laundry and personal hygiene as a model. My Tasks tool provides the option of adding your own playlist of tasks. A reminder tool allows setting alarms by a date and time that prompts a message at the time set for the task selected.

Here are a few screen shots of the app set up and tools:

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The Ohio State University provides instructions with the use of the app including:

  • Instructions for creating videos to share with the OSU for the app as well as tips and tricks for video tasks for video prompting and modeling. Even if you are not sending them videos, their instructions provide helpful reminders on task analysis and tips and tricks for videos :
  • Instructions for setting up the app:
  • A data collection sheet with directions is also provided through the Ohio State University website  to assist with progress monitoring:
  • Instructions on teaching sessions for video prompting :

Free is always good. This app also is compatible with iPad and iPhone allowing it to be portable for use by those in supported employment using an iPod Touch.

More for your teaching or OT mTool Kit.



“InPromptu.” Ohio State University. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.

“Video Modeling |” Video Modeling | N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.

Roberts, Jessica. N.p.: Booksurge, 2008. Print.


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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