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Rapid Prompting Method Education Information

Introduction

RPM uses rapid-fire prompting to initiate a child's response through the use of a low-tech alphabet board for spelled communication.  RPM, created by Soma Mukhopadhyay, is used to activate the reasoning part of the brain so that the child becomes engaged in learning.  It is recommended that parents start using RPM at home by reading their child's familiar and beloved childhood books as well as age appropriate curriculum.  Typically, a lesson begins with reading a few sentences related to a single topic or focus.  Next, a question is asked of the topic.  Then, possible answers are initially written on paper.  The teacher taps the choices of answers while reading them out loud, and then encourages the student to select one.  As the child becomes more advanced, answers are spelled on letter boards.  This eventually leads to open-ended communication.

Related Sites

What Is the Rapid Prompting Method for Treating Autism?
Description:  This web page is a one page answer to the question, What is Rapid Prompting Method for treating Autism?

RPM+ for Autism and Other Disabilities
Description:  RPM+ for Autism & Other Disabilities, LLC provides videos of students using the RPM+ approach.

Helping Autism Through Learning and Outreach (HALO)
Description:  Halo is a non-profit organization that provides the RPM. You will be able to navigate this website to learn about RPM and purchase materials.

Rapid Prompting Method
Description:  The Association for Science in Autism Treatment is a website focusing on various autism treatments for families and professionals, including this article on the RPM.

Books

Developing Communication for Autism Using Rapid Prompting Method-Guide For Effective Language by Soma Mukhopadhyay
Description:  This book was developed to highlight different ways of communication for autistic children and adults. Through constant repetition and practice, an individual can be taught many methods of communication from making choices on paper to independently typing personal feelings and topics.

Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay
Description:  Driven by the desire to help her own son’s education, the author introduces a one-of-a-kind teaching method which is considered an absolute breakthrough teaching approach for children with autism. Through a unique teaching technique of rapid prompting, the child is able to answer questions concerning any subject taught. This book will also teach the reader how to determine the individual learning style of the child in addition to finding methods for overcoming stimulatory behaviors and other distractions.

Developing Expressive Language in Verbal Students with Autism Using Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay
Description:  This book was written to help support autistic children who have speech, but find it difficult to communicate through verbalizing their thoughts aloud. Spelling may be an easier way for these students to communicate.

Curriculum Guide for Autism Using RPM by Soma Mukhopadhyay
Description:  This guide is designed for teachers, parents, and therapists who are currently teaching children with autism. The syllabus is designed from actual grade level curriculums used in the school system. The age appropriate lesson plans in English, Science, Social Science, and Mathematics are created for use with the Rapid Prompting Method.

Tools

Faith, Hope, and Love With . . . Autism
Description:  RPM Providers/ Support Groups.

Joey Lowenstein - Changing the World of Autism with RPM Rapid Prompting Method by SOMA
Description:  This is a short documentary on Joey Lowenstein, a child with Autism, and how RPM changed his life.

Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) Has Given Gavin a Voice!
Description:  See mom Cindy Schultz and son Gavin share their experience of Gavin’s Rapid Prompting Method success story.

Learning RPM – Frequent Questions
Description:  This is a list of all the frequently asked questions for learning and understanding RPM. The list also includes questions for seeing Soma and about Halo (Helping Autism through Learning and Outreach).

Tito Mukhopadhyay RPM video
Description:  This is a 60 Minutes on CBS clip, which interviews and showcases Soma and Tito Mukhcopadhyay using RPM.

“Rapid Prompting Method” Helps Boy With Autism Communicate
Description:  This is a video of one family’s journey with their non-verbal son with autism and how they tried this innovative teaching method called Rapid Prompting Method.

RPM - How It's Helping Non-Verbal Autistic Children
Description:  Video feedback from parents describing how the RPM has helped their children.

A New Way of Looking at Autism
Description:  Learning RPM - 1:1 RPM Session Clips.

Parent Forums/Blogs

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Forum/Blog Name:  Emma's Hope Book
Description:  Blog about an autistic girl named Emma, her success with the Rapid Prompting Method, as well as some of her creative writing.

Forum/Blog Name:  A Review of Soma Rapid Prompt Method
Description:  This blog was written in Operation Autism: a resource guide for military families. It incorporates an RPM description, how this method works, RPM effectiveness with respect to autism, in addition to recommendations and conclusions concerning this teaching technique.

Forum/Blog Name:  SOMA RPM Parent Forum
Description:  This is a forum for parents using the SOMA RPM web site.