P.R.O.M.P.T. Therapy is a speech/language therapy method that has done wonders for Ryan. It is a language-based technique that provides tactile cues to the lips, tongue and jaw to essentially help the patient feel what “correct” placement feels like with each sound, in each word. Ryan has no awareness of his tongue, so to simply tell him what to do with it means nothing. Our speech therapist literally places his mouth in the correct position to say, for instance, a “T” or “D” sound – by manipulating his mouth/tongue/jaw from the outside.
More traditional speech therapy approaches rely on auditory and visual systems to provide information about sound production. PROMPT therapy adds another dimension to the process of learning to talk, which is information provided by the “tactual system”. Sensory feedback from movements is stored and able to be built upon moving forward.
So, the more we practice with correct placement/sound production, the more Ryan’s muscle motor memory is being built, which makes those movements more automatic in the future. Let’s be clear though, it can take a while to build up correct motor muscle memory (say that five times fast!) . And, this is certainly a more aggressive/physical approach to therapy, but once your child gets acclimated, it is a WONDER! Ryan took to it immediately, thank goodness.
Although this practice was originally known as a treatment option for apraxia patients, it is now widely accepted (and preferred) as a treatment option for many things:
- Sensory processing/motor planning deficits
- Verbal apraxia
- Low Muscle Tone (non–neurologic diagnosis)
- Articulation & Phonological Disorders with an underlying motor component
- And many more!
I am positive this form of speech/language therapy has made a significant impact on Ryan’s recovery and the speed in which he’s learned to speak thus far. He doesn’t always love going because it’s hard. And he says it’s hard. But he also gets, even before he was 3, that it’s helping him communicate.
Somehow, I searched and searched online for hours and never came across this. It was through personal blogs that I started hearing about it and, once I found more information, I was even more convinced to try it. Every mother I spoke with said this was one of the #1 therapies used for their child (in regards to speech therapy) – I obviously agree.
Check it out at promptinstitute.com You can enter several zip codes and they’ll send you a list of certified PROMPT instructors in your area. Make sure to get the MOST certified instructor possible – it makes a difference.