Imitation with Objects

Imitation with objects

The objective of imitation with objects is for your child to be able to independently mimic/repeat any motion presented to him with up to 2(two) objects.

Instructions for Lesson

  1. Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child.
  2. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.
  3. Put a set of similar items in front of you and your child, for example a cup and a block.
  4. After you have your child’s attention say “(Child’s name) do this (put the block in the cup).
  5. Perfect outcome: your child puts the block in the cup.

Not so perfect outcome: your child picks up the block but doesn’t put it in the cup.

  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 (you put the block in the cup again)”, then prompt your child to put the block in the cup.

Be Persistent

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child puts the block in the cup, 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 “Imitation with objects” program.

Items you need

Simple objects: blocks, books, cups, bowls, bucket, shape sorter, baby doll, any toy your child likes to play with.

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