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PROMPT Certification Requirements
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Speech Pathologists are the only professionals with the prerequisite knowledge to learn and apply PROMPT in the holistic manner in which it is intended to be used. Therefore, only Speech Pathologists are eligible to take PROMPT training.

Workshops are offered all over the world and can be viewed on our calendar. Please be aware of time zones when registering for Zoom workshops which are held all over the world.

To become fully trained in PROMPT, a clinician must complete four essential steps to be able to fully understand the PROMPT technique and apply it appropriately to clients/patients:

  1. Introduction to PROMPT: Technique (workshop available in-person, online through Zoom, or via a package of ten online modules)

  2. Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention (workshop available in-person, online through Zoom, or via a package of ten online modules)

  3. The PROMPT Technique Practicum Project

  4. PROMPT Certification: A Self-Study Project 

 

All PROMPT training begins with the Introduction to PROMPT workshop which may be taken in-person, online through Zoom, or via ten online modules. 

Once the Introduction workshop is completed, SLPs should practice PROMPT Assessment, Treatment Planning and using the PROMPTs. Once comfortable with those elements, the SLP may complete the Practicum Project and the Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention Workshop. SLPs may complete the Practicum before or after the Bridging workshop - it is the SLPs choice.

Upon completion of both the Technique Practicum Project and Bridging workshop an SLP may register for the PROMPT Certification Project. It is strongly recommended that an SLP contact a PROMPT Instructor for mentoring before registering for the Certification project. The project is very intense and it is a good idea to have an instructor review your skills prior to starting the project. 

Please note that we also have the Technique Project (not to be confused with the Technique Practicum Project) available. It is an optional project that allows the SLP to get feedback solely on their PROMPTs. It does not require any assessment or treatment planning and should be completed with a neurotypical adult. We have opened this project to supplement our training programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note the Technique Project can not be used as a substitute for the Practicum Project. 

We have included full descriptions of the different essential training requirements below. We also offer many (non-required) educational materials to help you improve your technique. See the full list here on our PROMPT Continuing Education page.

1. INTRODUCTION TO PROMPT: TECHNIQUE (the first level of PROMPT training - available in-person, online through Zoom, Or via ten online modules) 

This workshop focuses on teaching the technique of PROMPT. The trainings are hands-on tactile-kinesthetic input and emphasizes the need to integrate this into a holistic therapy approach.

Please note that for in-person workshops due to the hands-on nature of the training, attendees cannot have long fingernails when taking the workshop. For those attending the workshop via Zoom we ask that you have someone available to practice the PROMPTs on during the technique demonstration portions which are included in each workshop listing.  

All in-person and Zoom workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the workshop listing. Please be aware of time zones when registering for Zoom workshops which are held all over the world.  

We also this information through ten online modules that you can watch as your schedule allows. The agenda for these courses is similar to our in-person workshops but now you can take them from the comfort of your home and at your own pace. When you complete all ten modules - you are PROMPT trained! Each of the ten modules average about 90 minutes each and you will have 90 days to complete all ten modules.  

Learning Outcomes: 

At the conclusion of the Introduction to PROMPT: Technique workshop, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the philosophy of PROMPT and its application principles.

  2. Apply different levels of PROMPTing (Parameter, Syllable, Complex, Surface) as appropriate to the selected cases. 

  3. Analyze speech motor subsystems using the Systems Analysis Observation and Motor Speech Hierarchy.

  4. Design interactive therapy activities that utilize all of the above. 

Click here to view the Introduction to PROMPT workshop agenda

Click here to view our full Workshop Calendar or by specific region below:

2. BRIDGING PROMPT TECHNIQUE TO INTERVENTION (the second level of PROMPT training - available in-person and online through Zoom)

This 3-day course teaches clinicians more about the technique of PROMPT and focuses on setting appropriate goals and objectives for the individual within the PROMPT framework. This training  assists clinicians in incorporating PROMPT therapy  across a range of settings, including the home  environment, while maintaining a focus on the key needs for the individual to assist them to develop  to their potential.

All in-person and Zoom workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the workshop listing. Please be aware of time zones when registering for Zoom workshops which are held all over the world. 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

At the conclusion of the Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention workshop, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe and apply the PROMPT Application principles and Technique.

  2. Differentiate and apply, alone or in conjunction, PROMPT Parameter, Syllable, Complex and Surface PROMPTs with varying speech production disorders. 

  3. Describe and demonstrate the three planes of movement and how they are used in PROMPT. 

  4. Identify initial parameters and priorities to begin goal setting with various client exemplars. 

  5. Develop motor-speech goals that bridge technique to language and social interaction. 

Click here to view the Bridging Workshop agenda

Click here to view our Bridging Workshop Calendar

Click here to view our Refresher Workshop Calendar

 

3. THE PROMPT TECHNIQUE PRACTICUM PROJECT

This project was developed for practicing Speech-Language clinicians to help support their learning of  PROMPT Technique and provide direct suggestions about assessing, selecting targets and executing a  PROMPT focused treatment plan with a particular patient. The Technique Self-Study Project may be completed at any time between Introduction and Certification, but it is highly recommended to complete the project prior to taking Bridging.

Learning Outcomes: 

After the completion of the PROMPT Technique Practicum Project, the clinician will have:

  1. Demonstrated a functional analysis of a client’s motor-speech system using the Speech Analysis Observation and the Motor-Speech Hierarchy.

  2. Selected three speech subsystem priorities based on the above analysis.

  3. Selected phonemes, syllables, words, and phrases to be used.

  4.  Developed two activities that embed the above and demonstrated reciprocal turn-taking.

  5. Submitted a video demonstrating accuracy and flexibility with the PROMPT technique within functional, cognitive-linguistic, and social interactions.

 Click here to register for the Technique Practicum Project

 

4. PROMPT CERTIFICATION: A SELF-STUDY PROJECT

The clinician is expected to provide a detailed assessment (similar to the guided experience in the  Bridging workshop) of a patient's abilities across all domains and develop a holistic intervention plan. This includes the selection of priorities on the Motor Speech Hierarchy to develop motor-phonemes  and words for use within functional, interactive contexts. Parent /caregiver strategies and goals will  also be developed.

Please note that you must complete the PROMPT Introduction to Technique workshop, Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention workshop and the PROMPT Technique Practicum Project prior to registering for Certification. The PROMPT Institute highly recommends working with a PROMPT mentor prior to registering for the Certification Project.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the completion of the PROMPT Certification process, clinicians will have:

  1. Analyzed all client domains to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses the client brings to the
    communication interaction. The assessment areas include: physical-sensory, cognitive-linguistic,
    social-emotional and behavior.

  2. Based on the domain analysis and client or caregivers’ input, developed a communication focus for
    structuring the development and organization of long term goals to direct the therapy focus.

  3. Demonstrated an ability to utilize the PROMPT Systems Analysis Observation and Motor Speech
    Hierarchy to analyze the motor speech subsystem breakdown and/or over-compensation regarding
    the symmetry, control, independence, flexibility, and combined control of all parameters.

  4. Prioritized three speech subsystem parameters for initial focus based on the functional analysis, and selected the levels of PROMPTs based on subsystem priorities.

  5. Demonstrated the integration of prioritized speech subsystem parameters and planes of movement
    to develop motor-phoneme links, syllables, words and phrases that support the functional analysis.

  6. Developed three activities that could be immediately used in the clinician’s setting to integrate all of
    the above.

  7. Developed written goals and objectives that demonstrate a working familiarity with the USE social
    application model for integrating motor-phoneme links to functional environmental language use.

  8. Demonstrated appropriate positioning throughout the activities based on the client's domain
    analysis. 

  9. Consistently used accurate and precise technique with at least three of the four levels of PROMPT
    (Parameter, Syllable, Complex, and Surface PROMPTs). Demonstrated appropriate PROMPTing
    frequency and flexibility with on-line shaping (using different levels of PROMPT based on the client's target productions throughout the activities).

  10. Demonstrated excellence in timing, matching verbal model with PROMPTing, and wrist rotation.

  11. Evaluated and revised the Initial Plan based on continuing analysis to facilitate progressive change
    across all domains and implemented changes in the Final Plan. 

  12. Evaluated and described in a narrative how the Initial and Final Plans reflect the Philosophy,
    Approach, System and Technique of PROMPT, including detailed, objective measurement data.
    Summarized how this plan differs from other treatment approaches and benefited the client.

Click here to register for the PROMPT Certification Project.


 

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