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, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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4 Responses to inPromptu App – A Free Video Modeling App

  1. Video modeling is such a powerful tool, I use it almost daily. Working with children living with autism, these kids need opportunities to see skills in action and then relook at these skills as many times as needed to help them overcome their processing challenges. Once the child becomes more familiar with the components and how they relate to the activity, it’s amazing to see them assimilate this information in their own adaptive behaviors. Video modeling is not just great for functional skills, it is awesome for developing play, socialization, and learning about new environments. Good stuff! I’d love to see continuing education for occupational therapists be developed and more tools to support this great intervention. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jovy says:

    What happened to this app? is it still available in the app store?

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