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Using YouTube Videos to Encourage Imitation



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Imitation was a super hard skill for us to learn. I’m not sure why, but anytime I sang or made a funny face, my son would just look at me puzzled, then get bored and walk away. I just couldn’t figure out how to help him learn to imitate. I memorized every nursery rhyme, got finger puppets, became an animated and hilarious performer, but to no avail.


Then I found a wonderful video series on YouTube called Super Simple Songs. Each video segment lasts about an hour and showcases favorite nursery rhymes accompanied by colorful cartoons or puppets.


My son loved watching the charming videos and then something fascinating started to happen. On the billionth time we watched “One Little Finger” my son started to point his index finger along with the tv! I couldn’t believe it. He started imitating what they were doing. And to generalize this new skill, I would sing his favorites from the show so we could both act out the motions to the song. This helped reinforce what he was learning every day.


What I didn’t know at the time was this wasn’t just another video channel of cartoons. These videos were created by dedicated educators to help engage young minds. Phew, now I don’t have to feel so guilty about all the TV. Plus it gave me a chance to finally have my coffee…that had been sitting in the microwave, reheated for the fifteenth time. Being a Mom is hard, and these videos gave us both a really nice break from our routine.


Click here to see a video that my son loves!


The team behind Super Simple Learning got their start while teaching English to children in Japan. The teachers were having trouble “finding songs that were both simple and fun enough to engage our young learners.”  So they started making their own. The award-winning CDs, books, and other learning materials can now be found in homes and classrooms around the world…including online.


If you’re struggling with reaching a goal, don’t be afraid to experiment with other resources to help bridge the learning gap for your child.



*If you have any concerns about your child, please discuss with their pediatrician or contact your local school district or Early Intervention center for an evaluation.*


Rielly is a part-time writer and full-time mama to an adorable autistic toddler. Her favorite hobbies include naptime, drinking coffee, and trips to Target. Follow her online @riellygrey.




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