LLA Therapy, Speech Language Pathologist, Teal Simmons, M.A., CF-SLP, discusses the benefits of PROMPT therapy and why she is getting certified
What is PROMPT?:
Clients that may benefit from PROMPT:
A wide range of clients, beginning as early as six months old, could potentially benefit from this method of speech therapy. Most commonly, client’s treated with PROMPT therapy present with some type of motor speech disorder, articulation problem, or are considered to be “late talkers.” This method is a way to reduce a client’s workload for attempting to correctly place their articulators to produce true speech sounds and sound sequences. Clients are given tactile-kinesthetic supports, or prompts, to shape the sound while they feel it, see it, hear it, and make the prompted sound production. Other clients that have been found to benefit from this method of therapy include those with apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria, aphasia, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, pervasive development disorders, aphasia, and other communication disorders. PROMPT takes the focus off of solely speech-sound production, and instead aims to focus on improving motor skills for functional use throughout language development to support social interactions.
Why PROMPT makes sense:
PROMPT aims to facilitate a client’s ability to produce speech sounds, to modify motor patterns already created for speech sounds, and to integrate motor, social-emotional, and cognitive-linguistic functions for the development of effective communication.
My personal journey to PROMPT:
ity to see, experience, and utilize a wide range of approaches to treatment. Some examples include The Son-Rise Program, Floor Time, The Early Start Denver Model, and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), among other approaches. I do not utilize a favorite or a “standard” method. I am constantly evaluating, re-evaluating, and changing my approach in therapy based on what I believe would benefit the client and the client’s family.
Why I wanted to become a PROMPT trained clinician: