PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. More simply, it is a technique used to assist with the planning and sequencing of speech sounds in words. This technique can be used with children or adults with speech production delays or disorders, especially those with a motor speech/planning component. 

PROMPT is a hands-on approach whereby the clinician provides specific tactile (touch and pressure) input to the facial area/muscles for individual sounds. Initial assessment (System Analysis Observation) looks at structure and function, as well as integration of all systems for sequenced movements and timing needed for co-articulation.

Examples of individuals who may benefit from PROMPT include those with phonological delays, developmental delays, motor-planning/coordination difficulties, dysarthria, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, autism spectrum disorder, and dysfluency.

This therapy can potentially be used to treat the following:


CAS is a motor speech disorder, probably of genetic origin, affecting the individual’s ability to voluntarily make the right movements during speech.

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Articulation Difficulties

Speech sound delay, also referred to as an articulation delay, is when a child is behind in the development of his or her speech sounds.

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Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Some individuals with cerebral palsy struggle to control the muscles in their face, throat, neck, head and thorax.

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Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that occurs when one has weak or difficult to control muscles of the face, lips, tongue, throat or for breathing.

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As children are learning to talk, they may apply different patterns to simplify speech.

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Slurred Speech

This type of speech is when an individual uses unclear words which makes it difficult to understand them when they speak.

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Speech Clarity

Speech clarity (intelligibility) significantly impacts the ability of an individual to get their message across.

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