PROMPT workshop

Last week I attended a workshop to receive training in PROMPT – the acronym stands for "Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets." This a short description of what PROMPT is from the program's official website:

The (PROMPT) technique 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. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding.

I look forward to using the techniques I learned in the PROMPT workshop to provide additional sensory input and postural support to encourage the production of speech and development of articulatory control. I have already began using the techniques with some of my clients, and have noticed some positive results – although they might have been initially hesitant to allow me to touch their faces (as was Charlotte).