An Assessment and Instructional Guide for Motor and Vocal Imitation

  • Elaine Espanola AguirreEmail author
  • Anibal Gutierrez
Original Paper


The Motor and Vocal Imitation Assessment (MVIA) was developed to evaluate a proposed hierarchy of imitation skills that could be used to formulate an experimentally-validated instructional guide for intervention. Imitation performance was assessed via the MVIA in 30 typically developing (TD) children and 30 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children with ASD and TD demonstrated similar patterns of imitation. Children had higher performance scores in object imitation, followed by body, then vocal, and lastly facial imitation. The results revealed a pattern of imitation performance that provides the basis for an experimentally-validated instructional guide for intervention.


Autism Imitation Early intervention Instructional guide Assessment 


Author Contributions

EEA conceptualized and designed this study, drafted the manuscript, and approves the final version being submitted. AG contributed to the design, has reviewed and contributed to the current manuscript, and approves of the final version being submitted.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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