Does Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) work for non-verbal children with Autism?

As professionals in the field of psychology and speech and language we are frequently asked about the usefulness of various techniques and interventions for developing communication in children with autism. Tonight, there is a documentary on RTE 1 called ‘Autism and Me’ which features a communication aid called Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). The documentary features Fiacre Ryan, a 16 year old with autism who is using RPM to communicate his thoughts and feelings. As a result, many parents and professionals may be left wondering if RPM will work for children in their care. What is Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)? RPM is a parent-developed method of communication for children with Autism Spectrum D

i-Teach hosts international research seminar on the mental health of students with Autism Spectrum D

The inaugural i-TEACH (Teaching for Inclusion) research seminar, whose theme was “New Foundations: Perspectives in Supporting the Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’ was held at the newly built Analog Devices Building, University of Limerick on Tuesday 28th June 2016. The seminar was attended by more than 50 delegates from across Ireland, and marked the launch of the i-TEACH network, a network of educators and allied professionals who support students with additional and complex learning needs. The main objective of the seminar was to foster dialogue and exchange of knowledge in order to contribute to the search for solutions to challenges confronting educato

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