Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)

Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) was developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay to instruct her son Tito who is now a published writer and poet, in spite of his severe autism. Soma and Tito have been featured on 60 Minutes II, Good Morning America, Scientific American, the New York Times, National Geographic and numerous other media.

Soma has instructed hundreds of students (youth to adult) with autism and similar disorders at schools and organizations across the U.S. as well as at her clinic HALO located in Austin, Texas. She uses RPM to teach academics and communication by eliciting responses through intensive verbal, auditory, visual and/or tactile prompts. Soma’s approach presumes competence and comprehension at age level, and it is a very low tech method requiring only paper and pencil. Student responses evolve from picking up answers, to pointing, to typing and writing, which reveals students’ comprehension, academic skills and eventually, conversation.

Official RPM website:

Books by Soma Mukhopadhyay
   Understanding Autism Through Rapid Prompting Method
   Curriculum Guide Using Rapid Prompting Method: With Lesson Plan Suggestions
   Developing Communication for Autism Using Rapid Prompting Method: Guide For Effective Language

Books by Tito Mukhopadhyay
   The Mind Tree
   How Can I Talk if My Lips Don't Move?
   The Gold and the Sunbeams: and Other Stories
   I'm Not a Poet But I Write Poetry: Poems From My Autistic Mind
   Beyond the Silence: My Life, the World, and Autism

Other Books Written by Autistic People who use RPM or similar communication method

   Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar
   I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice by Elizabeth       Bonker and Virginia Breen
   Danson: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child's Innermost Thoughts and Feelings by Michele Pierce Burns and Danson Mandela Wambua
   Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann
   The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13 Year Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

Inspiring Movies
   A Mother's Courage
   Wretches and Jabberers

Ideas for Curriculum
   Steck-Vaughn Curriculum (I have used the Focus on Science which has been very useful)
   Core Knowledge Series (What Your ___Grader Needs to Know) by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
   Brain Pop App for iPad- great 2-5 minute videos on a wide range of academic topics with multiple choice quizzes

Facebook RPM Support Group- Unlocking Voices- Using RPM 

**RPMers- please add your own resources, ideas, and suggestions in the comments below and I will update as needed.

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