Did you know that it takes about 100 muscles to speak? Speech is one of the most complex processes that we humans perform. Just to say “Good morning!”, we have to coordinate which of those 100 muscles to use, and then use those muscles with the correct timing, place, and tension. It's no wonder that our kiddos often have trouble with speech sounds!
What is PROMPT?
Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular PhoneticTargets (PROMPT) is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that speech-language pathologist's (SLP) use to physically guide a child's articulators (jaw, tongue, and lips) through their speech sounds in words, phrases and sentences using touch cues. PROMPT is a system for assessing, treatment planning, and goal setting as well as a set of techniques used to provide input through the speech musculature to the sensory-motor speech planning system in the brain .
Who can PROMPT help;?
PROMPT can be used to treat motor speech disorders (such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech), articulation problems, and non-verbal children. PROMPT can be used with children and adults ages 6 months and up.
What does PROMPT therapy look like?
A PROMPT trained therapists use a series of touch cues on the child's lips, jaw, nose, and/or cheek that train or retrain the child's sensory-motor system to accurately produce a specific speech sound. Every speech sound has its own cue on the face that will help guide that specific motor plan.
How can I find out more about PROMPT therapy?
Pediatric Interactions has therapists trained in PROMPT, as well as many other oral sensory-motor techniques to help treat speech disorders. Please contact us for more information.
The PROMPT Institute's website has many articles and more information as well.
Anne Chapman, MA, CFY-SLP/L, January 2018