Frequently Asked Questions

What is RPM and who developed it?
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.

Why is RPM effective?
RPM is distinct from other methods in that it is an academic teaching method based upon how the brain works. RPM uses a range of prompts to encompass auditory, tactile, visual and kinaesthetic. It works up to and then maintains the use of age appropriate academic material for all age students. 

Does my child have to be seated and well-behaved?
No, although we are unable to work with overly aggressive children. RPM focuses on learning despite a student’s stimming or behavior. It does not require students to sit (although this may be a goal over time) and RPM tutors will work with difficult and moderately aggressive students

Is RPM only for non-verbal students?
No, RPM has been used by various students on the autistic spectrum and with similar disorders including verbal and non-verbal students of all ages. Non-verbal students are given a way to communicate their academic abilities as well as wants and needs while verbal students are given a way to extract the appropriate responses at the right time.

Is RPM only for students with autism?
HALO RPM focuses its efforts on autistic students but RPM has been used for students with Angelman Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Chromosomal abnormalities, Fragile X, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, blind, and deaf.

How is an RPM lesson planned/structured?
Initially,  the beginning, Soma begins a lesson with stating a few sentences on a subject and she asks a question based on what she has just said. Soma writes two possible answers on separate pieces of paper, taps the choices while reading and spelling them aloud and then encourages the student to pick up the correct answer. Working with hundreds of students, Soma has identified different types of learners, and she adapts her teaching to each one accordingly. For example, auditory learners may not directly look at or read the answers. They rely instead on Soma's tapping to "hear" the position of the correct answer. 

Based on the student's skills, Soma moves quickly from having the student choose from two choices to three or more, from picking up pieces of paper to having the student point to the answer, and then to pointing to letters to spell the answer. Because shifting the arm side to side is easier than lifting it up and down, Soma's students first learn to make choices from a horizontal field, and they progress to choices presented vertically. 

Can RPM be used by parents/teachers?
Of course! We strongly encourage parents to work with their children outside of clinical sessions and to take advantage of our consultation services to ensure they are on the right track. RPM will give families a means in which to teach and communicate with their children.

How can I book an appointment?

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How much does it cost to work with HALO RPM?

Please see our section on Fees


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