Evidence does not support the use of Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) as an intervention for students with autism spectrum disorder and further primary research is not justified

@article{Hemsley2016EvidenceDN,
  title={Evidence does not support the use of Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) as an intervention for students with autism spectrum disorder and further primary research is not justified},
  author={Bronwyn Hemsley},
  journal={Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention},
  year={2016},
  volume={10},
  pages={122 - 130}
}
  • B. Hemsley
  • Published 2016
  • Psychology
  • Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
This review provides a summary and appraisal commentary on the treatment review by Deacy, E., Jennings, F., & O’Halloran, A. (2016). Rapid Prompting Method (RPM): A suitable intervention for students with ASD? REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 29, 92–100. Source of funding and declaration of interests: This review was supported in part by funding from the Australian Research Council [grant number DE140100443]. 
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