A Technique to Improve Speech Production

Enrichment Therapies

January 3, 2017

By Jaimi Bird M.A., CCC-SLP

Are you concerned about your child’s speech production?  Is he or she difficult to understand?  Today I want to tell you about a technique called  PROMPT.

One of our goals as speech-language pathologists is to help children improve their speech intelligibility and their ability to effectively communicate.  In addition to traditional methods, at Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center, speech-language pathologists are PROMPT trained. We use PROMPT along with a variety of other therapeutic techniques to meet children’s communication goals.

PROMPT is an acronym for:  Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets.  This technique uses touch to cue the child’s jaw, tongue and lips to manually guide them through a targeted sound, word, phrase, or sentence. PROMPT develops motor control and efficient oral muscular movements. 

PROMPT therapy is an appropriate tool to use with children with a wide range of communication disorders.  Specifically, kids who have motor speech disorders such as apraxia of speech, articulation problems, and also kids who are non-verbal. 

Click here to view a Therapy Talk. You will be able to see examples of what PROMPT might look like with your child.

Again, our speech-language pathologists are PROMPT trained. We have each attended an intensive workshop through The PROMPT Institute. These techniques should not be attempted without proper training.  Please contact us for a consultation or to schedule an evaluation for your child.  We want to help every child communicate clearly – – every child deserves to have their own voice!

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.


740 Community Drive, Unit A

North Liberty, IA 52317



5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300

Johnston, IA 50131


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