Learn the four stages of imitation and how to use them to help children who are non-verbal speak up, speak out, and imitate old and new vocabulary.
“Great seminar! I am excited to share this information with my colleagues in early intervention. Thank you for making this information so clear, efficient and direct!”
“This presentation was excellent! It especially gave me a lot of ideas of how I can better explain my process to parents.”
In this hour-long lecture, Pam Marshalla describes the four stages of imitation development as defined by Jean Piaget, focusing on how the stages can be used as a basis for developing sound and word imitation in young children who are non-verbal or nearly non-vocal. Many of these children appear unable or unwilling to imitate sounds and words. Over the course of this hour, Pam shares the specialized methods that she has developed for speech-language pathologists who are working with clients such as these.
This course is available for ASHA CEUs and/or Continuing Education Hours and is also available for group CEUs (see below).
“This entire presentation was enlightening! I learned new ways to address therapy with kids that have not had much progress with traditional play activities in therapy. I appreciate the organization of these four stages of imitation. ”
- Our Understanding of Imitation
- Emergence of Imitation
- The Four Stages of Imitation
- Stage One: Vocal Contagion
- Stage One Goals and Basic Activities
- Stage Two: Mutual Imitation
- Stimulating Mutual Imitation Dialogue
- Mature Mutual Imitation Dialogue
- Stage Two Goals
- Stage Three: Spontaneous Imitation of Old Repertoire
- Stage Three Goals
- Inventory the Old Repertoire
- Make Practice Cards
- On-Demand Practice
- Stage Four: Spontaneous Imitation of New Repertoire
- Summary: Stages of Imitation
The Four Stages of Imitation is:
- 1 One-Hour DVD (high-quality 720p video seminar)
- 32-Page Handout Booklet
- Appropriate for SLPs and parents
- Available for optional 0.1 ASHA CEUs (see details below)
“Very informative! I did not know of these four stages before taking this workshop and now I have a whole new understanding of my students. I realize now that not all of them are at the final stage of imitation and they should therefore not be pushed into imitating new words. Thank you!”
Continuing Education Enrollment
All DVDs are mailed with continuing education enrollment instructions. After watching the video, please register for your CEUs on our website here.
If you do not wish to receive ASHA CEUs for this course, we are happy to give you (only) a certificate of completion after you watch the video — you will be given instructions on how to opt out of ASHA reporting when you submit your paperwork to us.
Group CEU Options
For those who would like to view the DVD together, we offer group packages. Group DVD packages come with one DVD and handout booklet and all CE participants will receive photocopies of the handout to use while following along with the DVD. The cost for each additional group participant is only $25.
At the completion of this one-hour course, participants should be able to:
- Identify Piaget’s four stages of imitation
- Describe the unique characteristics of each stage of imitation.
- Understand the types of clients who may be having difficulty with each stage.
- Design therapy activities to stimulate each stage.
Financial Disclosure: Pam Marshalla (presenter) and Marshalla Speech & Language (publisher) do not have any financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Pam Marshalla (presenter) and Marshalla Speech & Language (publisher) do not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.
ASHA CE Registry & Fee
To earn ASHA CEUs, subscribers must have paid their annual ASHA CE Registry fee. Individuals must meet at least one of the following conditions to be eligible to earn ASHA CEU:
- ASHA Member (includes Life member and International affiliates)
- ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
- Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
- Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
- Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
- A Clinical Fellow supervised by someone who holds the ASHA CCC
- Currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in SLP or audiology
The participant pays ASHA CE Registry fee directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 or visit http://www.asha.org/ce/CEUs for CE Registry fee subscription information.