An RPM session with Select Training & Autism Resources {Gigi’s Joy Photography: Wisconsin Special Needs Photographer}

 In honor of my little Autism Awareness Celebration month on the blog (in partnership with Stories of Autism), I wanted to feature a business that is providing service to those on the Spectrum. So many non-verbal and those with limited verbal skills benefit greatly through the use of Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). Chris LeRose, the owner and director of Select Training & Autism Resources, graciously allowed me to document a session of RPM training. Her student was sweet little Logan, who I photographed last year for Stories of Autism.
Gigi's Joy Photography: Wisconsin Special Needs Photographer RPM Racine
Logan has been doing RPM for roughly six months, and it is amazing to see the difference it has made. Last year, during his Stories of Autism session, his mother had told me that his teachers thought he could read. Now, with RPM training, this five year old with an extremely limited verbal vocabulary is showing not only that he can read, but he comprehends, and as any teacher knows, that makes all the difference.
Gigi's Joy Photography: Wisconsin Special Needs Photographer RPM Racine
With RPM, there is definitely a factor of “seeing is believing.” Chris kept several toys on the table for Logan to fidget with during his session. He demonstrated all the behaviors that most people would normally associate with not paying attention. He was slumped over in his chair, he constantly played with the toys, he looked out the window, and at one point, he moved to a different part of the room. And yet, every question to test his comprehension was correct (At one point, he did give the wrong response, but the twinkle in his eye and his giggle showed that he was teasing.)
Gigi's Joy Photography: Wisconsin Autism Photographer Union Grove
This is from Chris:
“I have the great privilege of working with children on the autism spectrum, and have used a variety of methods and techniques through the 25 plus years I’ve worked in the field. The reason Rapid Prompting Method is such an effective tool, is because it quickly allows the practitioner to establish rapport with their student. Through a teach/ask paradigm, we begin working side by side, providing a mode of response by teaching age appropriate information, and using written choices to ask questions about what we just presented. The students quickly understand that we know they are intelligent and our expectations of them indicate as much. Through a hierarchy of letter boards and skill building activities, students are taught to spell out their answers and eventually their thoughts and opinions independently. My favorite part of the process is when my students begin to form sentences and use open ended communication.
Gigi's Joy Photography: Wisconsin Autism Photographer Union Grove
Gigi's Joy Photography: Wisconsin Autism Photographer Union Grove
Logan has been working extremely hard and loves to read and learn about animals and nature. He is just beginning to share his thoughts and opinions with us by spelling them out on a full stencil board, letter by letter, word by word. Logan is so patient with the process and such a smart, sweet, and special little guy. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him each week.”
Chris LeRose
Owner/Director
Select Training and Autism Resources, LLC  * (STAR LLC)
Gigi's Joy Photography: Wisconsin Special Needs Photographer RPM Racine

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