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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (27 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478713135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478713135
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soma Mukhopadhyay is the Executive Director of Education for HALO (Helping Autism through Learning & Outreach) in Austin, TX. She holds a Bachelors of Education degree and a Masters degree in Chemistry. Students come from all over the world to benefit from her innovative teaching approach. Since developing the Rapid Prompting Method to teach her own son Tito, Soma has been featured on CNN International, 60 minutes II, PBS, BBC and Good Morning America, and in the New York Times newspaper, People, Scientific American and National Geographic magazines.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan Finnes on 30 May 2013
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Every parent, teacher, assistant who works with a non-verbal autistic person should study this.
Many years ago I saw a video clip of Soma using the Rapid Prompting Method. Even though I considered myself to be open-minded to new ideas I did not think this approach would work for my son. She seemed to talk too quickly (I struggled to keep up with what she was saying) and seemed to be pushing the child in a way which I thought lacked warmth. I was so wrong to form these opinions! A few years ago I watched the clips again - this time through new eyes and I saw the possibilities. I have been fortunate enough to meet Soma twice now and observe her working with my son - she is an absolute genius who totally believes in the ability of every child she works with.
Using Soma's methods my son, Christopher, has not only been able to show how academically intelligent he is - he can now communicate his deeper thoughts and feelings in a way which means that others believe they are HIS words . Christopher does not yet have the motor control to be able type independently, he has lots of behaviour challenges and often his body seems to resist doing what he wants it to - he can be getting up, walking away, being physically rough with me but when I ask if he wants to carry on with the communication he usually points to YES.
I asked him to advise another parent whose non-verbal 8 year old son had been crying and he did not know why :- I AM THINKING HE NEEDS TO TEACH HIS SON TO POINT TO LETTERS ON STENCILS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRkZPsElrSg&list=UUMtrorkbUiDMIwvY2-W5GhQ&index=1
I was recently able to help Christopher `talk' directly to a paediatrician about the seizures which he has had - answering questions by pointing to the letters on the stencil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allie on 12 Jun. 2013
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I would recommend this book to anybody who has/works with a non-verbal child with autism. This approach is tailored to each individual (as described in the book), so can support children with different sensory needs, interests and challenges to empower them to communicate. was absolutely glued to this book once I had it - every page is filled with something useful; whether that be examples of `conversations' with children, clear explanations of the different stages of RPM or ideas for sessions.

Recently, because of RPM, I was able to have a conversation with a non-verbal child with autism where he expressed that he had many goals... `I WANT TO ACHIEVE AN EDUCATION DEGREE TO ENABLE ME TO HELP PEOPLE WITH AUTISM LEARN LIKE ME'. This was something that we would not have been able to discuss without this method. Everybody has the right to communicate in a meaningful way - where they are able to not only express simple wants/needs but also share their intelligence, character, hopes and dreams. For this reason (and many more) I once again cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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By Rachan on 4 Jan. 2015
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Without Soma, there would be more silence.
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Every parent, teacher, assistant who works with a non-verbal autistic person should study this. 30 May 2013
By Mrs. Susan Finnes - Published on Amazon.com
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Every parent, teacher, assistant who works with a non-verbal autistic person should study this.
Many years ago I saw a video clip of Soma using the Rapid Prompting Method. Even though I considered myself to be open-minded to new ideas I did not think this approach would work for my son. She seemed to talk too quickly (I struggled to keep up with what she was saying) and seemed to be pushing the child in a way which I thought lacked warmth. I was so wrong to form these opinions! A few years ago I watched the clips again - this time through new eyes and I saw the possibilities. I have been fortunate enough to meet Soma twice now and observe her working with my son - she is an absolute genius who totally believes in the ability of every child she works with.
Using Soma's methods my son, Christopher, has not only been able to show how academically intelligent he is - he can now communicate his deeper thoughts and feelings in a way which means that others believe they are HIS words . Christopher does not yet have the motor control to be able type independently, he has lots of behaviour challenges and often his body seems to resist doing what he wants it to - he can be getting up, walking away, being physically rough with me but when I ask if he wants to carry on with the communication he usually points to YES.
I asked him to advise another parent whose non-verbal 8 year old son had been crying and he did not know why :- I AM THINKING HE NEEDS TO TEACH HIS SON TO POINT TO LETTERS ON STENCILS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRkZPsElrSg&list=UUMtrorkbUiDMIwvY2-W5GhQ&index=1
I was recently able to help Christopher `talk' directly to a paediatrician about the seizures which he has had - answering questions by pointing to the letters on the stencil. At the end of the appointment I asked him if he would like to ask the doctor a question - he very purposefully and quickly pointed to- WILL I HAVE ANOTHER FIT. How wonderful it is that he is able to do this and how awful it must be for children who have these questions unanswered in their heads.
Here's an extract from a poem written on his 14th birthday :-

HELP US TO GET OUR WORDS OUT ON PAPER OR MAKE US LIVE IN SILENCE

BE A PATIENT HELPER AND WATCH US GROW INTO STRONG ADULTS

Today he has told me THIS IS REALLY MEANINGFUL BECAUSE MY FRIENDS WANT TO COMMUNICATE

I truly believe that when more people learn to use this method we will be able to unlock a massive talent pool that will benefit society as a whole. Please everyone spread the word!

Sue Finnes - Mum to Christopher aged 14, Sutton Coldfield , United Kingdom.

Turning Fourteen - written 17.12 2012

TURNING FOURTEEN IS LIKE GROWING TALL

GROWING BIGGER ALL THE WHILE

AND TAKING EVERY DAY AT A TIME

INTO MY LIMELIGHT COMES THE NEXT PHASE

I FEEL PLEASED I HAVE AMAZED MANY

BLESS OUR EVERY THOUGHT AND WATCH US GROW

HELP US TO GET OUR WORDS OUT ON PAPER OR MAKE US LIVE IN SILENCE

BE A PATIENT HELPER AND WATCH US GROW INTO STRONG ADULTS
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Must Read! 17 Jun. 2013
By Monica Rul - Published on Amazon.com
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Soma is truly amazing! This is a must read for anyone who has a child with non-verbal autism or anyone (Educators) who works with children with autism. Soma's technique is revolutionary and the letter board has worked with our son who has non-verbal autism. Our son is 8 years old and has been seeing Soma for 2 years now. Soma has unlocked his knowledge with the letter board and has given our son a voice! He is using the letter board with me at home and is starting to use it at school with his teachers. Her 3rd book helped me with my technique and educating my son. There are a lot of examples of how to work with different students and how to work with different behaviors. We are so grateful for Soma and cannot thank her enough for what she has done. We are amazed everyday with what our son tells us through his letter board! She has changed our lives and especially our son's life!

Here is a conversation I had with my son...he responds using the letter board:

Question: "How was your day at school? This is your last week of school and then the Summer Break."
Answer: "Better today especially having no episodes in muscles."

Question: "That's good! Do you think the new medicine is helping?"
Answer: "I think time will tell."

Question: "Yes. We hope it will help. Anything else?"
Answer: "I have more to learn and more to wish for a healthy life."

Question: "Yes, we all learn something new every day and we want to be healthy. How's the letter board at school? Your Teachers want to use it with you."
Answer: "I am going to use the Letter Board next school year with my teachers."

Question: "That's great! You need to use it with your teachers to show your knowledge. You can do it like you do with Ms. Soma and with me at home. Anything else?"
Answer: "Went about my day as normal."

Question: "That's good. How do you feel now that you are able to communicate through your Letter Board? Your letter board is your voice."
Answer: "I am very happy since I learned how to use the letter board with Ms. Soma and she gave me a voice to show what a person lacks in speech does not mean stupidity."
My Response: "Wow...well said..."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful and thorough 23 May 2013
By M. Weldon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Parents of students at HALO have often joked that they wished that Soma could be cloned. This book is the next best thing. All of the steps in teaching are delineated with the highest degree of specification and the reasons for taking those steps are provided. This book ia a wonderful addition to the author's other books.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW! 12 May 2013
By Michele Pierce Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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Soma (and Tito!) have blessed so many with RPM and now she shares with us all of the secrets to success!
I read this entire book the day I received in--couldn't put it down. All of us at Association of Excellence for Autism NYC&DC congratulate Soma on yet another amazing gift to our world!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I would recommend this book to anybody who has/works with a non-verbal child with autism. 12 Jun. 2013
By Allie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to anybody who has/works with a non-verbal child with autism. This approach is tailored to each individual (as described in the book), so can support children with different sensory needs, interests and challenges to empower them to communicate. was absolutely glued to this book once I had it - every page is filled with something useful; whether that be examples of `conversations' with children, clear explanations of the different stages of RPM or ideas for sessions.

Recently, because of RPM, I was able to have a conversation with a non-verbal child with autism where he expressed that he had many goals... `I WANT TO ACHIEVE AN EDUCATION DEGREE TO ENABLE ME TO HELP PEOPLE WITH AUTISM LEARN LIKE ME'. This was something that we would not have been able to discuss without this method. Everybody has the right to communicate in a meaningful way - where they are able to not only express simple wants/needs but also share their intelligence, character, hopes and dreams. For this reason (and many more) I once again cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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