Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) was developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay to improve communication and academic success for people with autism and similar disorders. RPM is used to teach academic subjects thereby also improving general communication in the process. Despite behaviors, the academic focus of every RPM lesson is designed to activate the reasoning part of the brain so that the student becomes distracted by and engaged in learning.
RPM is distinct from other methods as it is based upon how the brain works. It uses the four key prompts (auditory, tactile, visual and kinaesthetic) to open the learning channels to the student's brain and elicit the best out of the child. As a student's cognitive and motor proficiency increases, the sophistication of a student's response also improves.
RPM uses prompting to initiate a student's independent response, without physical support. In addition to teaching letter-chart pointing, RPM also utilises stencils and other drawing exercises to lead to independent handwriting.
RPM is not Facilitated Speech.
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