Imitation Training in Children with Autism


  • Jintana Pradujphongpetch Department of Special Education, Faculty of Educational, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University
  • Anucha Phoommisittiporn Department of Special Education, Faculty of Educational, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University
  • Suwapatchara Changpinit Department of Special Education, Faculty of Educational, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University
  • Siriwimol Jaingam Department of Special Education, Faculty of Educational, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University
  • Paiwan Sudwan Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University


Imitation, Imitation Training, Autism


Imitation is a crucial aspect of social learning to improve skills of communication, characteristics, and individual social behavior. Most children with autism often have difficulty with imitation, which results from the connectivity processing dysfunction in cerebellum, mirror neuron system in right inferior parietal lobule and prefrontal cortex. Moreover, the dysfunction affects the impairments of joint attention, eye contact with other people, perceive and understanding of nonverbal language, encoding and recalling process in motor planning for body movement imitation. The imitation training for children with autism should focus on drawing motivation by reinforcement and applying reciprocal interference training by means of verbal and nonverbal language and body part handling to prompt them to imitate correct actions. By this approach, the children with autism are most likely to develop this skill to live in the society with freedom and potential.


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Pradujphongpetch, J., Phoommisittiporn , A., Changpinit , S. . ., Jaingam , S. ., & Sudwan , P. . . (2022). Imitation Training in Children with Autism. Journal Of Ratchasuda College for Research and Development of Persons With Disabilities, 18(1), 142–158. Retrieved from