Fun and Functional Therapy
Did you know that imitation is a learned skill? Like learning to walk, we have to learn to imitate. Even when it is learned as a natural milestone, parents andcaregivers are still teaching the skill. We just do it naturally. When your child has difficulty performing an activity or saying a word or sound upon request, they need help with their imitation skills. That is when they need us to use our natural caregiver instincts to teach. It is never too soon or too late to work on purposeful imitation skills. Here is a simple breakdown of how to use those instincts intentionally:
Child: vocalizes or bangs their high chair tray in play.
Caregiver: Imitate the child. Keep it going for multiple turns by imitating their sounds or actions.
* Eventually you will be able to initiate the play action and they will respond. You're on your way to imitation!
Lauren Norwood M.Ed. CCC-SLP Certified Speech Language Pathologist American Hippotherapy Association Level 1
Lauren B. Norwood