Imitation and Joint Attention

Imitation and Joint Attention 

Imitation and joint attention skills provide the foundation for learning. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of imitation and joint attention and its importance in learning for individuals with autism. Strategies for assessing and teaching these important skills will be addressed. This training program is based on the RBT Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. Current Link:


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with D-12;D-13 on the BCAT Task List.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ATS-0-VB2-V2
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Use strategies to address joint attention skills
Use strategies to address motor imitation skills
Use strategies to address vocal imitation skills
Identify specific joint attention issues

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: A Foundation for Learning

A Bridge for Casey

Joint Attention as a Prerequisite to Learning

Imitation: Learning to Learn



Section 3: Joint Attention

Something to Build On

Responding Joint Attention

Initiating Joint Attention

Actions Associated with Joint Attention

Joint Attention Intervention



Section 4: Imitation

Casey Imitates

Imitation and Outcomes

Sequence for Motor Imitation Skills

Echoics or Vocal Imitation

Discrete Trial Intervention

Naturalistic Interventions



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor


Staff Writer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports. Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Registered Behavior Technician; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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