Imitation is one of the most essential and basic foundational skills we can teach our students. Our students need to learn how to attend to the movements and action of another person before you can even start on more complex communication skills, social abilities, and higher level tasks. Your student first needs to imitate. And this imitation needs to be – you guessed it – fluent. We want the skill of imitation to be functional. Your student can imitate you opening a milk carton, creating an art project, waiting in line at the bus, using appropriate hand gestures when talking – imitation is a constant part of our learning repertoire. So it needs to be fast. Fluency instruction is a great way to ensure that imitation is a fluently mastered skill.
Here is a video tutorial on conducting motor imitation fluency timings: