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what is the rapid prompting method for treating autism

The rapid prompting method (RPM) is a prompting technique used by some parents and educators in an attempt to help their (often non-speaking) child or student with autism or other disabilities to communicate through pointing, typing or writing.

It is closely related to the discredit technique facilitated communication (FC). Soma Mukhopadhyay is credited with creating RPM, though others have developed similar techniques, known as informative pointing or alphabet therapy. RPM users report unexpected literacy skills in their clients, as well as a reduction in some of the behavioral issues associated with autism. Eschewing scientific testing as “stigmatizing” to her clients, Mukhopadhyay and proponents of RPM have drawn criticism from the scientific community

Critics warn that RPM’s over-reliance on prompts, verbal and physical cuing used by its facilitators during the sessions, may inhibit development of independent communication in its target population. As of April 2017, only one scientific study attempting to support Mukhopadhyay’s claims of efficacy has been conducted, though reviewers found the study had serious methodological flaws