PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence.
This type of therapy is most commonly used on patients that have motor speech disorders, articulation problems or non-verbal children. Many patients with aphasia, apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria, pervasive development disorders, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries and autism spectrum disorders greatly benefit from PROMPT therapy. During a PROMPT evaluation a child’s motor speech system is carefully analyzed using a PROMPT Hierarchy involving motor speech subsystems and Planes of Movement. Your therapist will then develop a therapy program tailored to your child’s motor speech needs.
PROMPT is highly effective for improving speech because some children do not respond to auditory and visual cues alone. PROMPT provides these children with the necessary tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive feedback to help them reorganize their motor speech systems. It helps reshape individual and connected sounds and sound sequences and improve overall speech ineligibility.