Imitating Motor Movements

Video Summary

The lack of spontaneous imitation can be an early symptom of autism. In this clip, the therapist teaches Leighdionne this skill by prompting and rewarding her effort to imitate a simple motor movement (patting her lap). In this way therapy explicitly teaches Leighdionne skills that typically developing children typically learn implicity, or without instruction.


    • Social Interaction
    • lack of spontaneous imitation
    • Therapies
    • imitation
    • reinforcement
    • therapy strategies
    • working with autism

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