Drawing Imitation

Drawing imitation

The objective of drawing imitation is for your child to be independently able to follow any stroke you make with a crayon/marker on a piece of paper.

Start with a simple line across the paper, then down the paper. +(plus) signs are hard but try, you can continue with shapes, and later on letters. All of the drawing imitation is a precursor for your child to learn how to write.

Instructions for Lesson

  1. Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child.
  2. Engage your child by saying your child’s name and or touching child’s arm.
  3. Make sure both you and your child have a piece of paper and a crayon/marker in front of you.
  4. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) do this (draw a short line across the paper).
  5. Perfect outcome: your child draws a line across the paper”. Reinforce!

Not so perfect outcome: your child just sits there.

  • What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) do this (draw a line across the paper)” then prompt your child to draw the line.

Be Persistent and Repeat Until Mastered

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child makes the hand motion for “spider”, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.

It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. In the video you will see a demonstration of how to run “Drawing Imitation” program. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Items you need:

plain paper, markers, crayons, paint, paint brush.
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