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Guidelines for Clinicians and Junior Researchers interested in Publishable PROMPT Research

The PROMPT Institute is a not-for-profit organization that actively supports research focused on understanding the key active ingredients of the PROMPT approach, and advancing our evidence-based understanding of PROMPT in managing communication disorders speech sound disorders.   Our areas of interest include, but are not limited to, speech production, speech motor planning, motor-speech development, organization and planning; verbal interaction and communication.  We are also very interested in the behavioral and neurophysiological mechanisms used to help develop these skills.

We are committed to support research projects that meet scientific rigor; and suitable for peer reviewed publication. The PROMPT Institute research committee will provide in-kind contributions (literature resources, assessment materials, consultation on project feasibility, research methodology, treatment planning and delivery) and depending on availability of funds may offer financial support via small research grants.

If you are considering making contact with the PROMPT Institute to pursue a research project,

please find below a list of research guidelines for your consideration.  You need to be able to meet these guidelines before you make contact with the PROMPT Institute. When you contact us, it is preferred that you submit a through outline detailing the study along with a cover letter stating your interest and experience/expertise.

Research Guidelines:

If you are planning a PROMPT clinical/treatment study you need :

  1. An SLP that has completed the PROMPT Certification project must be actively involved in your project.

  2. Experience in the area/subgroup you wish to study (at least one to two years) and access to clinical population.

  3. A focused and clear research question targeting one or more of the domains (Physical-sensory, Cognitive-linguistic or Social-emotional)

  4. Be supported by a senior research mentor or have a supervisory team with research expertise and have access to university/clinic/institution resources (library, materials, space, logistics, audio and video recording equipment).

  5. To develop your research protocol (research questions, study design, formulation of hypotheses; analyses and interpretation of data) in conjunction with your mentor or research team.

  6. Independent resources to complete the project, including funding.

  7. Ability to submit to an ethics (Institutional Review Board) board.

  8. The ability to comply with ethical requirements regarding the collection and storage of research data.

  9. Access to Standardized norm and criterion referenced assessments of speech and language: Examples: Articulation (GFTA-2), Phonology (Khan-Lewis, DEAP, HAPP), Language (Celf2; P2), VMPAC subtests, PROMPT probe list, Speech intelligibility (word and sentence level; CSIM and BIT), Cognitive assessments (P-Toni, Lieter non-verbal scale), Hearing/vision screening protocols, tests specific to population and verbal control (autism, CARS or ADOS), Measures of social and functional changes (Vineland and FOCUS). Outcome measures must address WHO-International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework (WHO ICF-CY) levels (impairment, activities and participation).

10.   Meet treatment fidelity and integrity requirements.

Populations that are of Interest to the PROMPT Institute:

  1. Adult dysarthia/ apraxia

  2. Cerebral Palsy

  3. Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

  4. Speech sound disorders in children and adults

  5. Autism

  6. Down syndrome

  7. Hearing impairment

  8. Cleft-lip and Palate

  9. Fluency

  10. Second language learning


Deborah Hayden

The PROMPT Institute

844-9-PROMPT ext. 704





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