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Families FAQ

How do I find a PROMPT-trained clinician near me?

To search for PROMPT-trained speech language pathologists (SLPs), you can use our Member Search . This feature allows you to search for clinicians based on their location, along with more specific information such as their language, the ages they treat, and the insurance they accept. Please note, SLPs decide what information they make public.


A speech language pathologist has told me they are PROMPT-trained, why can't I find them on PROMPT's website?

Depending on how much information an SLP is willing to share in their profile, they may not appear in our clinician directory. If you are unable to find your PROMPT-trained clinician on our site, or a clinician you believe to be PROMPT-trained, please contact and we will be able to search them for you.


What is the difference between a clinician who is PROMPT-trained, bridging trained, certified, or PROMPT instructor?

PROMPT training is very intensive, requiring a series of workshops and a lengthy certification process. Clinicians are classified as PROMPT-trained once taking the introductory PROMPT workshop. As they complete more training, they progress to bridging trained, and after further instruction become fully certified. PROMPT instructors are at the highest level of training. A more detailed description of each training level can be found on our Member Search   page.


If I am a parent, caregiver, or family member of someone receiving or seeking PROMPT therapy, how do I create an account on PROMPT's website?

To create an account, first select “Register” at the top right of the home page. Next, select your member type as “ Parent/Family of patient needing speech therapy.” Then, enter your contact information. You are now registered on our website!


How do I know if my child needs PROMPT therapy?

An evaluation by a PROMPT-trained speech therapist is the only way to find out if a client is appropriate for the therapy. PROMPT therapy is appropriate for a wide range of clients with communication disorders. The most common clients have motor speech disorders, articulation problems or are non-verbal children. Many clients with aphasia, apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria, pervasive development disorders, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries and autism spectrum disorders have benefitted from PROMPT therapy.


How do I start the process? 

The first step is to schedule an assessment session with a PROMPT-trained speech language pathologist. In this session, the clinician will assess whether a client can benefit from PROMPT. To find speech language pathologists near you, use our Member Search feature. If you would like more information on the PROMPT technique, please visit the page under the Families tab. 

Can I attend PROMPT workshops or take the online courses?

Caregivers cannot attend workshops or participate in online courses. Instruction in the PROMPT technique is designed strictly for licensed speech language pathologists, and these clinicians are the only ones who should utilize PROMPTing with the client. If you would like more information on the PROMPT technique, please visit the What is Prompt page under the Families tab. 


Can I use PROMPTs at home?

The process of evaluating the client’s movement is very complex and relies on extensive training in the PROMPT technique. Because of this, PROMPT is meant to be applied only by a PROMPT-trained clinician. Inaccurate PROMPTing could interfere with the client’s treatment and set back the progress s/he has already made. Communication attempts need to be supported and guided by caregivers at home. Your clinician will provide you with home programming (homework) such as practicing certain words and phrases, following directions, and/or turn taking. For more information on home programming, please visit the PROMPT Evaluation and Treatment page.


How can I support your mission?

The PROMPT Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to making PROMPT available to anyone, in any country, that can benefit from it. 

Your donation will help us to continue: 

  • vital research that determines the best treatment to help your family member achieve his/her highest level of communication possible
  • to expand PROMPT therapy training to ensure your SLP has the best PROMPT skills available to your family member
  • to continue to provide family education (like this page) to help you understand the best treatment approaches for your family member

If PROMPT has made a positive impact in your life, please consider making a monetary donation at the following link:  Thank you for your support!

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