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Saturday, 16 January 2021
23. Shows very little imitative behavior Print
We saw this from day one until we began working on attachment.  Especially with his speech.  He wouldn't imitate sounds or noises or even facial expressions.  He would smile but not copy us.  It was like he was trying to keep some control and if he “gave in” to us he would lose some control.  Once we began working on attachment, this was one of the first areas in which we saw improvement.  He began imitating our facial expressions, speech sounds, etc… (a. 6mo, FC) Note: adoptive mom is a speech pathologist
Our son never imitated sounds or our actions in any way, shape, or form.  By 15 months old, he had been home 9 months and still was not imitating us, and we began to wonder if maybe he was autistic.  Then one night his grandfather came over for dinner and we sat amazed as our son who never, ever imitated us did everything his grandfather did while eating dinner, completely on his own with no prompting whatsoever.  It was as though he was hiding parts of himself from us.  After therapy and attachment parenting, our son imitates us as well.  It seems the more comfortable and attached he is to us, the more he feels safe enough to show us what he really can do. (a. 6mo, FC)
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