Gross Motor Imitation (GMI)

Gross Motor Imitation (GMI)

The objective of GMI is for your child to be able to mimic any large motor movement presented to him.

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. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) do this (for example: clap hands).
  4. Perfect outcome: your child claps hands. Reinforce!

Not so perfect outcome: your child just sits there.

  1. 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 (clap hands)”, then prompt your child to clap hands.

Be Persistent

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child claps, 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.
Start with any motion you can do with your hands, feet, legs and or your body. Later you can use balls and other items your child can throw, kick or roll.


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 “Gross Motor Imitation (GMI)” program.

Items you need

A ball.

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