In part one of our series on imitation, we introduced the role imitation plays in language development. The ability to copy and learn from others is also important for social learning and new knowledge. It’s the first introduction for a child into the concept of trial and error, which allows children to learn through experience.
Encouraging imitation skills helps your child to develop important cognitive, language and social skills. This will prepare your child to learn from others. Here are a few tips:
- When your child babbles words like “mamama” or “dadada”, respond with “mama” or “dada.
- Make silly faces or hand gestures and wait for your child to imitate you, wait for a back and forth interaction.
- Encourage your child to participate during your normal household tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, or laundry. You may soon see them imitate you through pretend play with their toys, like a play kitchen or plastic hammer.
In this video, we take a deeper look at the importance of imitation and we demonstrate how to help your child copy and learn from others.
Teaching your child imitation can be fun and natural. You may already be doing it without even knowing! However, for some children it may be more challenging, such as those with autism spectrum disorder. If you are looking for help and guidance about imitation, reach out to 1to1 Therapy for a consultation with one of our therapists.