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.