Teamwork: Sharing with Parents and Related Professionals

Donna Lederman providing Parent SupportMotor learning is most effectively achieved through varied practice. Experience in producing meaningful syllables and words such as "on"   "up"   "I want..." etc. within relevant and motivating communicative contexts is very important.

Each child’s success in treatment is related to the ability of the clinician to engage parents, caregivers and related professionals in the process of PROMPT® therapy. With the exception of Parameter PROMPTs (those which provide broad support to the jaw or facial muscles for lip closure, rounding or retraction), parents are not taught to PROMPT their children. The critical piece for parents and related professionals is commitment to practicing the "lexicon" (target words) identified by your child’s PROMPT clinician. The words are selected for two reasons:

  1. They develop motor control because they embody speech sounds that are selected to build certain levels of motor function (e.g. jaw grading, lip rounding, sequencing of consonant–vowel–consonant).
  2. They represent words that are functional in the child’s everyday communication, whether the context is play, social interaction or academics.

At Donna Lederman, SLP, PC, we take the following steps to support motor learning at home and in many other contexts:

  • Discussion with parents and suggestions for practice takes place at the end of each therapy session. At times, parents and/or siblings are included in a therapy activity.
  • Regular communication with home–based or school-based speech therapists and related professionals.
  • Open door policy for any member of the child’s professional team to observe a PROMPT session and talk with the clinician about treatment
  • Evening workshops for parents and related professionals to present comprehensive information about communication and motor speech disorders and how PROMPT works to facilitate speech production in children.
  • Referrals for consultations or evaluations by appropriate related professionals
  • Participation in team meetings and school–based meetings when possible

How PROMPT is different from traditional articulation therapy...

"Traditional" speech language therapy relies on auditory and visual systems to provide information about sound production. PROMPT therapy adds another dimension to the process of learning to talk, which is information provided by the "tactual system". Sensory feedback from movements is stored and feeds forward as the child is provided multiple opportunities for practice...  Learn More

Donna Lederman providing Parent Support

Donna Lederman, Speech-Language Pathologist, P.C.
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