Rapid Motor Imitation Antecedent (RMIA) Training Manual: Teaching Preverbal Children with ASD to Talk, Research Edition

Authors: Iaonna G. Tsiouri Ph.D., Rhea Paul Ph.D., CCC-SLP; With Authors: Elizabeth Schoen Simmons M.S., CCC-SLP, Moira Lewis M.S., CCC-SLP

Format: Paperback w/CD-ROM, 96 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598572421
Price: $49.95

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When you're working with preverbal children on the autism spectrum, you need a complete toolbox of highly effective strategies to expand their communication skills. Add Rapid Motor Imitation Antecedent Training (RMIA), and you'll have one of the most promising interventions for helping young children say their first words.

A discrete trial intervention approach for preschoolers with autism who have severe language delays, RMIA is a crucial step on the path to improved communication function. It's an easy-to-use method: children imitate a rapid series of simple motor actions and are then asked to imitate a word. The momentum they build by performing the easy motor actions helps them comply with the more difficult task of word production.

A must for SLPs and autism specialists, RMIA is an ideal addition to your current lineup of strategies and supports:

  • Experimentally tested at the Yale Child Study Center, one of the nation's top autism treatment centers.
  • Originally developed since 2002 at Teachers College, Columbia University and proven effective for helping young children develop functional speech.
  • Perfect to use in tandem with naturalistic interventions like Parent Responsiveness Training.
  • Focused specifically on initial imitation of words—a critical step toward using language spontaneously.
  • Quick and easy to implement—RMIA should be administered in short, frequent doses, making it an easy fit with your everyday practices.

The only product available that shows SLPs and autism specialists how to conduct RMIA, this manual-and-CD set gives you everything you need for successful implementation. You'll get complete, practical guidance in the accessible how-to manual, and the CD-ROM gives you a full hour of explicit demonstration videos that show case studies of RMIA in action. You'll also get printable data collection forms to help organize RMIA sessions and assist in data keeping (both blank forms and completed samples).

A key component of your comprehensive intervention program for social communication, RMIA will help young preverbal children overcome the hurdles to saying their first words—and start making real progress toward communicative competence.


Review by: Patricia Prelock, University of Vermont
“Truly responsive to the call for manualized interventions with an evidence base and structure that can be implemented by those working with young children with autism spectrum disorders who are struggling to say their first words . . . A significant contribution to the field.”
Review by: Stephen Camarata, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
“Provides a detailed and systematic path for clinicians working with preverbal children with ASD . . . If used properly and with appropriate patients, RMIA is a useful addition to a clinician's toolkit.”

Table of Contents

About the Authors
About the Contributors

I. Introduction

  1. Rationale for Rapid Motor Imitation Antecedent Training
    Rhea Paul

II. Prerequisite Procedures

  1. Setting the Stage for RMIA
    Ioanna Tsiouri, Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, & Moira Lewis
  2. Probes for Motor Imitation
    Ioanna Tsiouri, Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, & Moira Lewis
  3. Building Fluency of Motor Imitation
    Ioanna Tsiouri, Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, & Moira Lewis

III. Eliciting Spoken Language

  1. Assessing Requests and Labels
    Ioanna Tsiouri, Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, & Moira Lewis
  2. RMIA Treatment for Requests and Labels
    Ioanna Tsiouri, Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, & Moira Lewis
  3. After Treatment is Complete—The Maintenance Assessment
    Ioanna Tsiouri, Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, & Moira Lewis

IV. RMIA in Context

  1. RMIA in the Context of Communication Intervention
    Rhea Paul


Moira Lewis & Elizabeth Schoen Simmons


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