In part one and part two of our series on imitation, we introduced the concept of imitation and the important role it plays in language development. We also offered tips to encourage your child to copy and learn from others.
If you’ve started to put these tips into action, you may already be seeing some positive results. Now it’s time to focus on improving your child’s ability to imitate even further. Here are some tips to take the learning to the next level:
- Be face to face with your child and maintain eye contact. Try holding an interesting object to keep their gaze and attention.
- Rather than only encouraging your child to imitate you, try turning the tables and start imitating your child, i.e.:
- Copy your child’s sounds, actions and facial expressions.
- When your child babbles, babble back at them.
- Watch your child play and copy his/her actions.
- Sing songs repetitively to your child, until he/she starts singing back or imitating gestures or actions.
- Get silly and make animal sounds, encouraging your child to copy.
This video provides a deeper look with more practical and fun ways to improve upon your child’s ability to imitate and learn from the actions of those around them.