PROMPT is a multidimensional approach to treat speech production disorders. PROMPT is an acronym for PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets and this approach incorporates the well-known physical-sensory aspects of motor performance with the cognitive-linguistic and the social-emotional aspects. PROMPT is a program to develop motor skill in the development of language for interaction through facilitating oral-motor skills and the production of individual sounds or phonemes.
Children struggling with a speech production disorder can benefit from the PROMPT approach. The delay or disorder may present with challenges in:
- Language formation
- Motor control or planning
- Phonological learning
- Auditory processing
- General cognitive or global delays
Regardless of the manifestation of the speech production disorder, the PROMPT approach allows children to respond to tactile cues to produce, revise or change production, and integrate motor production of sounds with their cognitive-linguistic function. Prompts are designed to help a child get a feel for the movement, the muscles required, the manner of production, and the combining of movements to form words and phrases.
The PROMPT approach helps clients gain the voluntary control of motor-speech systems as well as understand the link between the necessary motor movements and the functional use of words and phrases in communication. The clinicians help to manually guide articulators to produce specific sounds and words through touch pressure, kinesthetic, and proprioceptive cues.
Check out this video of one of our Speech-Language Pathologists using PROMPT touch cues.