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Southern California Research Presentation & Reception
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Meet Deborah Hayden, the founder of PROMPT, our research team and more than 40 PROMPT Instructors from around the world. Learn about our theory of how the motor-speech system works and our current and future research projects. The presentation will be followed by a reception (beverages and appetizers included) that will allow personal interaction with the presenters and instructors.

When: March 5, 2016
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach And Marina
300 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, California  90277

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The PROMPT Institute will be conducting a research presentation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach, CA. The presentation will provide participants with foundational knowledge regarding the PROMPT institute’s conceptual theory of how the motor-speech system works, our research efforts to date and our future research plans. The presentation is open to the general public




This program is offered for .2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area). 

The presentation will be followed by a reception that will allow participants to meet nearly 40 PROMPT Instructors from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the PROMPT Conceptual Framework and theoretical concept of motor-speech.

2. Describe completed research studies that support the PROMPT theoretical concept of motor speech and which elements of the PROMPT Conceptual Framework that they support.

3. Describe current and future studies on PROMPT, including the ongoing RCT, the treatment effects and neurological mechanisms underlying these effects.

4. Critically evaluate these studies using a hierarchy of evidence quality framework and the 5-phase clinical-outcome model.


4:00 - 4:30 The PROMPT Model of Motor Speech - Deborah Hayden, CCC

4:30 - 5:00 Completed PROMPT Research Projects - Rosalyn Ward, PhD

5:00 - 6:00 Current and Future PROMPT Research Projects - Aravind Namasavayim, PhD.

6:00-7:00 Reception (including appetizers and beverages)


This course is currently under review for ASHA CEU’s. (Professional Level)


Deborah A. Hayden, M.A., CCC-SLP, SL-P(C), Reg. CASLPO

Deborah Hayden is the Founder and former Executive Director of the PROMPT Institute and an Adjunct Specialist in the Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences at Michigan State University. Deborah received her graduate degree from San Diego State University and has had extensive clinical and management experience in programs dealing with severe communication disorders.  Most of her research has been in the field of developmental and adult speech production disorders, phonology, hearing impairment, dysarthria and apraxia.  She founded the PROMPT Institute for the purposes of treatment, training and research in speech production disorders. The philosophy and treatment techniques of PROMPT, ("Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets"),  have also been translated into French, German and  Spanish.  Her current research efforts have been directed towards norming and publishing the VMPAC (Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Children with colleague Dr. Paula Square. She is also author of the EMCS (Early Motor Control Scales) with colleagues, Dr. Amy Wetherby, Julie Cleary, and Dr. Barry Prizant.  Deborah has published extensively and has presented internationally at workshops and conferences in United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Hong Kong.  


Disclosure: Deborah is co-owner and co-developer of SmarTalk, a PROMPT-based treatment tool and a paid employee of the PROMPT Institute.   No relevant non-financial relationships exist.

Rosalyn Ward PhD, CPSP

Roslyn Ward currently holds the position of Research  Associate Professor, with the School of Paediatrics and Child Health, at the University of Western Australia. She is also a certified practicing speech pathologist with extensive experience working with children with movement disorders, with a specific interest in Cerebral Palsy.

Roslyn has a PhD from Curtin University. Her thesis focused on evaluating the effectiveness of PROMPT therapy in managing motor speech disorders in children with Cerebral Palsy. She is an invited member of the PROMPT Research Committee, and participates in a voluntary capacity.


Disclosure: Rosalyn Ward is an independent contractor of the PROMPT Institute.  No relevant non-financial relationships exist.

Aravind Namasivayam, PH.D. S-LP (C)

Consultant Research Scientist - The PROMPT Institute, Santa Fe, NM, USA.

Adjunct faculty- Dept of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto.

Aravind Namasivayam received his PhD in Speech-Language Pathology with specialized certification in Neuroscience in 2008 from the University of Toronto. He has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and has received several prestigious awards at the national and international level from various organizations, such as the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (USA), Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) etc.

Dr. Namasivayam’s current clinical and research interests include motor speech disorders, sensory-motor integration, and motor skill learning. At PROMPT Institute, he leads the research team on several key projects including a multi-centre clinical trial on PROMPT treatment in Ontario, Canada. He is also actively involved in integrating research in to prompt theory and clinical practice to advance key areas such as treatment fidelity, measuring treatment change/generalization and assessment of motor speech issues in children with speech sound disorders.

Disclosure:  Aravind Namasivayam is an independent contractor of the PROMPT Institute.  No relevant non-financial relationships exist.

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