In order to help students develop their own skill level, it is first necessary for parents and teachers to develop their own skill level. Here are the recommended steps to take:
- Read Soma's books to understand the theory behind the method. They are available on HALO's website and on amazon.
- Watch as many clips of RPM as you can - there are clips on this website (clips coming soon), at HALO as well as those that can be accessed through the facebook group, Unlocking Voices - using RPM. Demonstration video clips with Alex Hopwood and Sue Finnes can be found here.
- Read 'Ido in Autismland' - this is a must read for all parents/ teachers wanting to learn RPM. Ido learned how to communicate through RPM and shares invaluable insights about his experiences.
- Begin - in order to learn you need to practise! It is best to start off with shorter sessions where you are building your child's confidence (and your own confidence).
- Record your sessions. It is so important that you are able to reflect on yours session and create goals for yourself; i.e. in the next session I need to make sure I place the choices mid line to the pointing hand. It can be hard to take in everything that is happening when you are learning - you will more easily spot what you need to work on when you watch a session back.
- Practise, practise, practise! When you begin it can feel very overwhelming; you are trying to deliver a lesson, whilst building motor skills and also dealing with any stims or behaviours as they come up! The more you practise, delivering effective sessions will become second-nature and you will be able to focus more of your energy on developing your child's skills. If you need help, ask for it! Get in touch via email, book a few sessions or a consultation - all challenges can be overcome.