Goal: To improve initial social skills
1. The student will be able to imitate the actions of another when requested.
2. The student will be able to repeat what someone has said when requested.
1. Look at what is happening or listen to what is being said.
2. Think about how you can repeat what was said or done.
3. Do it.
Definition: Imitating means to copy what someone else does or says. "Today, you will be imitating the leader."
Rationale: It is important for students to know how to imitate role models. This is the foundation for future learning of social skills.
Describe or brainstorm occasions children would need this skill (playground, new situations, joining in or grouping).
Discuss situations when appropriate to imitate actions or communication (sports, scouts, music teacher, parents/siblings with household chores, etc.)
Model/Role-play with Feedback
Teacher leads "Simon says".
Teacher leads "Follow the leader".
Teacher picks a simple activity of interest to student and instructs him/her to copy, i.e. blowing bubbles, stacking two blocks, smiling, speech forms, raising hand.
Application with Feedback
Student leads "Simon says".
Student leads "Follow the leader".
Use imitative process in daily instructional activities.
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County