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Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities

Advisor(s)

Tiara S. Brown

Mira C. Williams

Keri S. Bethune

Abstract

The Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) was created by Soma Mukhopadhyay as an attempt to provide a way for individuals with autism to learn and communicate. The method has been said to give students with autism a means of communication. A facilitator quickly provides verbal prompts to the individual, who then spells out messages on a letter board or a keyboard. Very little research has been done on RPM, and it is not considered an evidence-based method. Many professionals believe that RPM is not a valid method of communication, largely due to the striking similarities it has with Facilitated Communication (FC). FC is another method of communication for individuals with autism that was discredited in 1993 and 1994. It involved a facilitator holding the hand or arm of an individual and helping them spell out messages. It was found that the facilitators were actually authoring the messages, rather than the individuals with autism. The present literature review compares the two methods and discusses the research that has been done on both the Rapid Prompting Method and Facilitated Communication.

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