Description: In the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), practitioners attempt to compensate for the assumed sensory overload and apraxia in children with ASD by continually speaking and requesting responses so that the children stay attentive. They may attach writing implements to children’s wrists and prompt the children to type out messages.

Examples: Rapid Prompting Method, Soma, Alphabet Therapy

Research Summary: There have been no scientific studies of rapid prompting for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Recommendations: Researchers may wish to conduct studies with strong scientific designs to evaluate rapid prompting method. Professionals should present rapid prompting method as untested and encourage families who are considering this intervention to evaluate it carefully.

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