Video 4

In this clip, the therapist follows the child’s lead as he moves from activity to activity. She imitates his actions with toys and uses descriptive language to talk about what he is doing and seeing. When she models an action for imitation, she ensures that she has his attention by blocking his play, using animation, and holding the object directly in front of his eyes. Because the child is just beginning to engage in pretend play, many of the actions that she models are basic pretend actions. For example, you will notice that she models giving Oscar a drink and giving Oscar a shower. If he does not imitation her action after the third model, she helps him complete the action and immediately provides him with praise and access to the desired materials.