The Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) is a teaching method which can lead to expressive communication. The key principle is that all people with autism and similar conditions are capable of learning at an age appropriate level if they are taught in a personalised manner which takes their learning channels and motor challenges into account.
In RPM the student is taught an age appropriate topic and demonstrates their learning through pointing, firstly between two written choices and progressing to spell words on a letter board. Prompts are given to help the student to initiate independent responses and build their muscle memory without the use of physical support. As the student's fluency in spelling and pointing develops, students move onto spelling out their own thoughts and opinions. As the student's thinking and motor skills develop, so does the richness of their responses.
"Soma RPM is a teaching method tailored to each student's open learning channels. It empowers the learner with the best possible means to express his or her thoughts, understanding, learning and reasoning."
- 'Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method' - Soma Mukhopadhyay
Who is rpm suitable for?
RPM is suitable for children and adults across the autistic spectrum. Labels such as 'low functioning', 'high functioning', 'severely impaired', verbal or non-verbal are not important in RPM. Instead, the approach is tailored to each individual based on their learning channels, motor challenges and tolerance levels. There is no upper age limit to when a person can start RPM.