Exploring the Relationship between Imitation and Social Communication in Infants

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dc.contributor.author Hanika, Leslie
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-17T15:01:13Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-17T15:01:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-07-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5460
dc.description.abstract This study examined the relationship between emergent imitation skills and social communication skills in 15 to 18 month old infants, using a quantitative correlational research design. Imitation skills are an index of later social cognition and language development, and a critical mechanism in language learning for typically developing children. Social communication skills in this age predict later language skills. The relationship between imitation and social communication is poorly understood in infants. This study looked at the relationship between imitation and social communication at their emergence. This study included 30 typically developing infants, whose participation was volunteered by their parents. They were recruited through posters and word-of-mouth in communities in the Pacific Northwest. Infants’ imitation behaviors were measured using the Motor Imitation Scale (Stone, Ousley, & Littleford, 1997), and their social communication skills were measured using the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales- Developmental Profile (Wetherby & Prizant, 2002). This study used a naturalistic observation model so the one-hour play sessions took place in the infants' homes. Sessions were digitally recorded for later scoring and analysis. This study demonstrated a concurrent and predictive relationship between imitation and language understanding in this age group. The study suggests that imitation is an important variable in early language acquisition that needs further study, and needs to be addressed when assessing prelinguistic child development. The study suggests that imitation skills should be fostered early on and provides evidence-based methods for facilitating imitation and language development. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject imitation en_US
dc.subject social communication en_US
dc.subject infants en_US
dc.subject typical development en_US
dc.subject naturalistic observation en_US
dc.subject language development en_US
dc.subject child development en_US
dc.title Exploring the Relationship between Imitation and Social Communication in Infants en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Boyer, Wanda Arleen Rumson
dc.degree.department Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0525 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0518 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0620 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0460 en_US

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