TALK always assumes that our students are intellectually intact. The Rapid Prompting Method is one of the many techniques we are using to tap into our students' endless potential.
What is RPM?
RPM is a complex method of teaching students how to respond to questions and make choices. The use of this method can eventually lead to more independent communication skills for the student. This method was developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay to provide her son Tito with an educational curriculum in a way in which he could learn and be successful. Tito is now a published author and poet. TALK staff was trained directly by Soma.
How Does RPM Work?
RPM uses a "Teach-Ask" cycle to elicit responses through intensive multi-sensory prompting. Verbal, auditory, visual, and/or tactile prompts are used based on students’ learning styles. Students indicate knowledge by pointing to, picking up, typing, and writing their responses. As students become more independent in their ability to make choices and spell their responses, prompting is faded. RPM always presumes competence to increase students' interest, confidence and self-esteem. Prompting is designed to help students initiate a response.
RPM is a strategy or technique that will be utilized to help achieve independence for communication.
RPM is approached using grade level, motivating, materials that are developed into lesson plans.
Each lesson plans considers tolerance, communication, and cognitive goals. Students are initially presented with information and then asked questions about the information they just learned. Lesson plans are developed based on
grade level information.