Soma Mukhopadhyay is an Indian mother of autistic son, Tito Mukhopadhyay.
Soma raised and taught her severely autistic son Tito with little professional guidance. Although Soma held advanced degrees in chemistry, she had no formal training in autism before having her son. Her son, Tito, would havebeen considered institution material for his odd look and repetitive movements and extreme autism.
However, Soma worked tirelessly with Tito, practicing aactivities including
reading textbooks and classics, prompting him to point to numbers and letters,
and physically motoring his body. Tito now has an IQ of 185.
She has developed a unique prompting method for trainin autistic children and teenagers. Soma now teaches her Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) at the HALO clinic in Austin Texas. (RPM uses a "Teach-Ask" paradigm for eliciting responses through intensive verbal, auditory, visual and/or tactile prompts. RPM presumes competence to increase students' interest, confidence and self-esteem. Prompting competes with each student's self-stimulatory behavior, and is designed to help students initiate a response. Student responses evolve from picking up answers, to pointing, to typing and writing which reveals students' comprehension, academic abilities and eventually, conversational skills. RPM is a low-tech approach in that is requires only an instructor, student, paper and pencil).