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When Kate was a baby, she really enjoyed playing by herself.  She did not engage in games such as Peek-a-boo.  She did not follow my gaze.  Kate learned to make eye contact, respond to her name, and point with the help of Early Intervention.  There were so many skills that come so easily to many children  that she had to work hard at to learn.  Today she discovered another skill!

Kate was eating yogurt this morning for breakfast, while watching a video.  Kate seems to eat more and have less problem with sensory issues when she watches something while she is eating.  I really enjoy the summer because Kate can watch sailboats or watch birds fly by and she often does not need a video to help her eat.  When Kate finished her yogurt she had some on her lips.  I asked Kate to lick her lips.   Kate proceeded to give me an awkward smile.  (Smiling is another issue for another time.)

I said, “Kate, watch mommy.”  I licked my lips and she imitated me!  Fortunately for Kate, once she acquires a skill set she does not lose it.  It was just the first step, but it was a big one.  I decided to try imitation with Kate again.  An hour later I asked Kate to tap her head, touch her nose, put her hands in the air and give me a high-five.  She imitated each step.  Great!  So far 2012 is looking good.

What skill is your child working on in 2012?


Comments on: "Imitation" (1)

  1. Kathy Lamb said:

    WOW! That is a huge accomplishment! Being able to imitate is a prerequisite skill for many skills including verbal behavior. I would say that beginning 2012 with this new accomplishment is an indication that great things are around the corner for Kate! Imitation is so important. Just remember that Kate is now like a little “copy machine” and won’t discriminate between what you want her to imitate and things you’d prefer her to not imitate. There will be some laugh out loud moments as she “refines” this skill! Remember to teach her the situations that it is appropriate to do particular behaviors as she begins to add to her imitation repertoire.

    Congratulations on such an important milestone in Kate’s life!

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