The Benefits of Prompt Therapy
Traditionally it was thought if we taught a child to produce sounds and words by using only auditory cues, they would eventually start talking. At All Island Speech & Stuttering Therapy, we specialize in PROMPT therapy and know this isn’t true.
Benefits of PROMPT Therapy:
- PROMPT adds a multidimensional approach using tactile kinesthetic cues to move the lips, tongue, and jaw to sequence movements to produce sounds and words.
- PROMPT allows for practice of targeted sounds and words.
- PROMPT works where traditional speech therapy can’t.
Practical Applications of PROMPT Therapy:
If an 18 month old isn’t babbling or imitating animal sounds then PROMPT should be used to stimulate language. If a two year old isn’t talking and can’t imitate sounds then PROMPT is ideal to help facilitate language. If a 4 year old is talking but omitting sounds, PROMPT can help shape the vowels and stabilize the jaw to improve production. If a 7 year old still can’t produce sounds such as r and L after two years of speech therapy, it is time for PROMPT therapy. If a child is diagnosed with Apraxia, then PROMPT is the logical approach to use.
PROMPT therapy can be used for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, motor planning deficits, Dysarthria, articulation and phonological disorders. Since we are speech pathologists first with a specialty in PROMPT therapy, the child has the added benefit of a multidimensional approach involving touch cues. Being a fully certified PROMPT therapist indicates a high level of expertise involving hours and years of hands on experience.
* “I was starting a job with a new airline and my speech started to deteriorate with the stress of training. I thought I was not going to be able to make it through the rigors of the training environment and initial flying experience in a new plane with new things that had to be said on demand. Lori helped me a great deal by getting me back to the fundamentals of speaking that I knew from therapy, but was not applying them properly. After five sessions with Lori, I was able to more comfortably continue with the training process and now I am progressing well with continued practice. Lori was great at getting me back on target.” (Matt, airline pilot, adult who stutters)