ASHA CEU Course #394 Prelinguistic Skill #9 Imitates Others

#394 Prelinguistic Skill #9 Imitates Others

This course reviewed the eleven prelinguistic skills toddlers master before language emerges and reviewed in detail the ninth skill, imitates actions, gestures, sounds, and words. This course explained the sequence of how imitation skills emerge in toddlers which is critical for helping late talkers learn to imitate. If you’re working at a level that’s well above where a child is currently functioning, progress will stall. Strategies for teaching parents how to target imitation skills at home were recommended.


Brief Review of 11 Prelinguistic Skills (0 – 10:10 minutes)

  1. Reacts to events in the environment
  2. Responds to people
  3. Begins turn taking
  4. Develops a longer attention span
  5. Shifts and shares joint attention
  6. Plays with a variety of toys appropriately
  7. Understands early words and follows simple directions
  8. Vocalizes purposefully
  9. Imitates actions, gestures, sounds, and words
  10. Uses early gestures
  11. Initiates interaction with others

Discuss Importance of Imitation and How to Explain this to Parents (10:10 – 20:20 minutes)
Review of Levels of Imitation (20:20 – 22:15)
Level 1 – 22:15 – 26:44
Level 2 – 2644 – 30:50
Level 3 – 30:50 – 32:30
Level 4 – 32:30 – 37:00
Level 5 – 37:00 – 38:02
Level 6 – 38:02 – 41:22
Level 7 – 41:22 – 43:40
Level 8 – 43:40 – 45:37
Best strategies for helping a young child learn to imitate – 45:37 – 1:02:34

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#394 Prelinguistic Skill #9 Imitates Others Course Description

Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from @teachmetotalk and as she continues the series on prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. In this audio and visual podcast, ASHA CEU Course #394 Prelinguistic Skill #9 Imitates Others, we’ll be discussing skill #9 Imitates Actions, Gestures, Sounds, and Words. This skill is important because imitation is how all children learn to talk. As parents of late talkers, we may begin to teach a child to talk by trying to get them to say words, but kids have to learn how to imitate easier, earlier things – like actions, gestures, and play sounds – before they begin to imitate words. Watch the show for the sequence of teaching imitation and strategies to make it easier for you to teach a child who is having difficulty learning to imitate on his own.

Learning Objectives
  1. Explain the sequence of imitation development.
  2. Describe at least 2 strategies to facilitate imitation skills in toddlers.

Therapists…get continuing education credit for this 1-hour course!

Course Director

Laura Mize, M. S., CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in young children ages birth to four with communication delays and disorders in her private practice in Stanford, Kentucky. She earned a B.S. from Mississippi University for Women and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Laura holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. She authors the website hosts her popular YouTube channel and publishes weekly audio and video weekly podcast Teach Me To Talk: The Podcast. Laura produced a series of training DVDs for parents and professionals who work with children with developmental speech-language delays and disorders. Her best-selling DVDs and therapy manuals are used by pediatric therapists and speech-language pathologists in private practice, early intervention programs, grad schools, preschool programs, and continuing education conferences throughout the USA, Canada, South Africa, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Australia, India, Zambia, Greece, and the UK.


Financial - Laura Mize owns and The Laura Mize Group and therefore receives a salary, compensation for speaking, and royalties from product sales and also receives revenue from the YouTube Partners Program.

Nonfinancial - Laura Mize has no other financial or nonfinancial relationships with any author, publisher, or SLP whose work she recommends in this course.

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This course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements

Participants must have watched the video and paid the $5 processing fee to obtain a certificate of completion and/or to have your participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Once the $5 fee is paid, you will be redirected to complete additional information online required to award a Certificate of Completion which includes completion of the Verification Statement that you watched the video, Self Assessment of Learning Outcomes, a Program Evaluation, Request for Certificate, and an ASHA CEU participant form or your ASHA number for filing ASHA CEUs (if applicable).  Once all required sections are completed and submitted, you will receive access to generate your certificate which will be emailed to you upon final review of your submission. No credit will be awarded without completion of this entire process. ASHA CEU information is submitted monthly and will appear on your ASHA CEU Registry shortly thereafter. Partial credit is not available.

For Other Professionals: Upon completion and return of the forms and receipt of your $5 registration fee, a Certificate of Completion will be provided so that you may file for continuing education with your own organization or licensing agency.

For Non-Professionals and Parents: All course content is offered at an Introductory, Professional Level and may not be suitable for all parents or non-professionals. If you’d like a Certificate of Completion, you may also register for credit.

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ASHA CEU Course #394 Prelinguistic Skill #9 Imitates Others

ASHA CEU Credits

This course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

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