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Imitation--Gross Motor

Goal:  Your child will imitate a variety of gross motor activities.

Materials:  None.

Stimuli:  Say "______ (name of child), do this."
 

Step 1:  Your child will imitate jumping up and down on two feet with full physical prompts.

Step 2:  Your child will imitate jumping up and down on two feet with partial physical prompts.

Step 3:  Your child will imitate jumping up and down on two feet with verbal prompts.

Step 4:  Your child will imitate jumping up and down independently.

Step 5:  Repeat Steps 1-4 with raising both arms.

Step 6:  When asked in a random order, your child will imitate either jumping up and down or raising both arms.

Step 7:  Repeat Steps 1-4 with throwing a ball.

Step 8:  When asked in a random order, your child will imitate either jumping up and down, raising both arms or throwing a ball.

Note: If your child is unable to jump up and down on two feet, choose an alternate gross motor activity such as clapping hands, slapping knees, touching feet or stamping feet.

Remember that once this mode of learning has been mastered, you must maintain it through review as well as generalize it to a variety of activities.

Children generally accomplish a large part of learning, especially social, recreational and language skills, through imitation.  We want to encourage your child to imitate the actions of others.  The present Imitation Program starts out using activities your child already finds intrinsically rewarding.  By doing this, we are able to reward the child for repeating our actions without requiring actions that may be difficult to elicit.  Once the child begins to understand the concept of doing what another person does, we can move toward alternative uses of the materials and reward the child's imitation of alternative actions.
 

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