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.
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.
RPM+ for Autism and Other Disabilities
Description: RPM+ for Autism & Other Disabilities, LLC provides videos of students using the RPM+ approach.
What Is the Rapid Prompting Method for Treating Autism?
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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.
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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: SOMA RPM Parent Forum
Description: This is a forum for parents using the SOMA RPM web site.