Multikids Therapy Centre was fortunate to host a series of PROMPT Speech and Language workshops this year. Invited participants included Multikids therapists, ABA therapists and invited practitioners. The workshop was facilitated by well renowned speech and language therapist, Cheryl Small Jackson from Centre for Small Jewels (CSJ) in the United States. The workshop gave our therapists an opportunity to work with a range of students who are reluctant speakers/communicators and to bring into the forum the challenges faced by the therapists.
PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a holistic, dynamic, multisensory therapeutic program developed for the assessment and treatment of speech production disorders. It is concerned with all areas of the child’s development and how he/she uses all domains (Physical, Mental and Social) to interact verbally with significant others. In Assessment all sensory modalities e.g. auditory, visual and tactile-kinesthetic are considered as well as speech subsystem development. For example, tone, breath support, mandibular, labial-facial and lingual control and how these systems have developed and contribute to speech production is assessed fully.
Cheryl is an expert in the field of speech motor disorders (i.e. appraxia, dysarthria and oral motor feeding disorders). She is a PROMPT certified clinician and instructor and over the past 28 years she has worked with many children in a variety of settings helping them to communicate more effectively with others particularly with Autistic children. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Small Jewels (www.csjinc.com) based in New York, USA.
During the last 12 years Cheryl’s interest and passion have expanded to include working with individuals with language learning disabilities, sensory processing and motor-speech disorders such as CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech) and Dysarthria.