What is PROMPT?

By Pam Marshalla

Q: Can you explain the PROMPT method you mention in your class on apraxia and dysarthria?

PROMPT is short for the system called “Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets” developed by Deborah Hayden. It is a tactile cueing technique for phoneme production. The trainer uses hands-on tactile cues – she touches on and around the client’s mouth – to shape the mouth for speech sound production. On their website, the PROMPT method is described as: “the systematic manipulation of tactual-kinesthetic-proprioceptive input to oro-motor structures for changing speech targets.” I actually am not a certified PROMPT trainer, so I have not gone through the formal training. But I have seen it in action and it is quite good for certain children. For more information, visit the PROMPT Institute’s website.

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