Imitation Skills Checklist 

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Imitation is an important pre-speech skill. Boost this skill early and assist your child to meet their full speech and language skills. Skills that can impact on later school success.

What might this Imitation Checklist tell me about my child?

Imitation is a pre-speech skill that has been found to be important for young children's later development of speech, language, memory and a variety of social-cognitive skills. This checklist can assist you to reflect on your child’s imitation skills. Understanding your child’s strengths and areas that could be boosted ensures you are providing the most ideal, fun and effective learning environment you can use in your every day interactions with your child.

Why check my child's Imitation skills?

If a parent embraces the concept of imitation, boosts it and uses imitation to find fun ways to encourage new learning and social skills then a child’s development can be optimised. Similarly if a child is presenting as a late talker, building and strengthening imitation skills is the first step of encouraging speech and learning skills.

Who should complete this Child Imitation skill Observational Checklist?

The imitation checklist can be completed by a parent, carer or educator to determine an individual child’s imitation skill level and profile.

Ideal for children:

  • Under 3 years or
  • That are saying less than 50 words and/or not regularly using less than 4-5 words in a sentence and not regularly using at least 2 word sentences.This Imitation Checklist will be vital for you to complete if you would like to ensure your child’s imitation skills are optimal for learning and for building speech skills.

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Observation Checklists

Online Checklists 

​Get to know your child's personal development each step of the way with easy to use online checklists with automatic results.

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Communication Skills 

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