PROMPT© Therapy


What is PROMPT©?

SLPIM is pleased to offer PROMPT Therapy on Long Island.  PROMPT© stands for "Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic  Targets".  It is a dynamic tactile method which can be used for the treatment of motor speech disorders.  PROMPTis highly effective for improving speech and helping patients develop sounds because it provides visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic and proprioceptive cues the speech system.  It helps reshape individual and connected sounds and sound sequences and improve overall speech ineligibility.  

PROMPTprovides touch, pressure, kinesthetic and proprioceptive cues to oral musculature (jaw, lips, tongue).   The therapist uses her hands to cue  and stimulate articulatory movement, while at the same time limit  unnecessary movements.  There is a PROMPT for every sound in the English language. 


PROMPT© is used for the following reasons:

  •  To develop an interactive focus or awareness for oral communication.
  • To develop an integrated, multi-sensory (tactile-kinesthetic) associative mapping for cognitive or linguistic concepts.
  • To develop, balance or restructure speech subsystems at the sound, word or phrase level.


Benefits & Research

The benefits of PROMPT© include:

  • Increased placement and voicing for speech sound production.
  • Increased ability to construct whole words, phrases and sentences.
  • Increased ability to produce speech spontaneously in all environments.

Research related to the PROMPT© approach:

  • PROMPT© is a treatment method based on a substantial body of research in the areas of motor learning, cognition and social development.  For more  information about PROMPT research please visit The PROMPT Institute. 

Therapist Training

According to The PROMPT Institute, Speech Pathologists are the only professionals with the prerequisite knowledge to apply PROMPT in the holistic manner in which it is intended to be used.  Therefore, only Speech Pathologists are trained fully to provide PROMPT therapy.

Developing Communication Through an Interactive Routine

In the video below, Deb Hayden, developer of the PROMPT Method, works with a child to develop functional communication through a fun, interactive routine. He is learning to use verbal word approximations to request an object that he wants.