Song Imitation

Song imitation

The objective of song imitation is for your child to be independently able to follow motions that are associated with songs.

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) let’s sing the “Itsy bitsy spider song”, start singing the song and show your child the according hand motion(s). Start with one motion at a time. Begin with “spider”.
  4. Perfect outcome: your child makes the motion for “spider”. 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) let’s sing the “Itsy bitsy spider” and show her the motion for spider, then prompt your child to do the motion for “spider”.

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 “Song Imitation” program.

Items you need:

A list of songs that have hand motions.

Autism Support Now offers ABA Therapy in Kansas City and throughout Southeast Missouri. Founded as an ABA self help video site in 2013 (by 501c3, Ella's Hope for Autism) ASN began offering in home ABA services in December of 2016 in Kansas City. In June of 2018 Autism Support Now, LLC opened it's second location in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.