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Learning RPM - RPM Overview

HALO recommends these steps for beginning to learn Soma® Rapid Prompting Method:

1. Understand the theory.
On this website, read the Methodology, Frequently Asked Questions and Case Study sections, and view the provided online video clips, including the clip of Tito on his page. Join as an online member, and participate in dialogue and questions on HALO's Member Forum for parents, professionals and students of Soma® RPM from all over the world. Please visit HALO's online store, where you can purchase Soma's new manual, Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method which outlines the basic foundation of understanding and implementing RPM. We also offer Soma's conference DVD which explains different types of learners and how brain function affects learning for persons with autism. Also available in our online store are Tito's books The Mind Tree which helps to better understand persons with autism, The Gold of the Sunbeams a collection of stories and poems written by Tito and his latest book How Can I Talk if My Lips Don't Move? Which describes Tito's sensory experience with autism.
2. Observe Soma's instruction.
Many of Soma's 1:1 and/or group sessions with students are made viewable via a video feed for observers. We encourage adults to watch Soma's instruction in order to see how her RPM gets applied in different teaching situations. Parents and Professionals may contact HALO to inquire about observation opportunities of particular students, either at the HALO clinic in Austin, TX or at the workshops (please see Calendar) Soma conducts 2-3 times a year at other locations. For families who attend camps, HALO records and provides the session copy on DVD, to serve as a reference for how to approach teaching the student after returning home. After following the steps above for Understanding the Theory, we do advise new clients to schedule a camp or RPM session with Soma. To schedule an appointment, new clients must first join as a HALO online member, and then complete a New Client Intake.
3. Practice.
Soma® RPM is a method that through practice, patience and consistency can be used by parents and professionals with their students. Incorporating a daily discipline of using the method for academic teaching and to introduce the concepts into the student's daily life is best. Since students are most familiar with the primary caregiver, we generally recommend that person to be the one to start using RPM at home by reading daily age appropriate material to their student. The primary caregiver can also work with the child by offering written word choices and begin having the student to spell selected word choices. Eventually, students learn to provide their responses by either spelling, handwriting and/or speaking, leading towards open-ended communication. We suggest that students become proficient responding to RPM with one or two people, in the home setting, before introducing it's use with other adults and/or in a groups setting or classroom. After parents and professionals have done the previously mentioned steps of Understanding the Theory (by reading and viewing materials such as Soma's manual Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method), observing instruction (by attending sessions, or a "camp", or workshop), viewing Soma's conference DVD, and have practiced using the method for at least 3-6 months, we invite adults to apply for the Soma® RPM Introductory Course. Before applying for this course, those who are interested must fulfill the pre-requisites which are listed on the Introductory course application form.
Please see our Methodology and Frequently Asked Questions pages for more specifics on the definition and use of RPM, and refer to the Resource page for downloadable RPM information.
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