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Ms. Russo from New Britain CT is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Help My Preschoolers With Autism Find Their Voices!

I need to attend the PROMPT conference in order to use the highly effective technique with the children on my caseload.

  • $1,081 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My caseload is mainly made up of preschoolers with autism ranging from 3 to 5 years of age. They are amazing tiny humans who view the world in such a special way, and I would love to help them share their thoughts and needs with other people. Most of the children I work with are preverbal, meaning they do not yet speak, but we work hard daily to help them communicate effectively. Seeing each child find their voice is truly one of the most gratifying and fulfilling things I have ever experienced!

My Project

PROMPT is a highly researched therapy technique used by speech pathologists to help individuals learn how to move their lips, jaw, and tongue in order to correctly make the sounds needed to speak. It is the "gold standard" of therapy for children with speech production disorders, especially a disorder called apraxia. Apraxia is a motor panning disorder, meaning that the individual's brain does not send the correct signals to their mouth in order to form words.

Many children with autism also have apraxia of speech, which makes it difficult for them to produce understandable words or phrases.

As a result, these children are often very difficult to understand, or are completely unable to make any sounds. This tends to lead to frustration and problem behaviors because the individuals are unable to effectively communicate their wants, needs, and thoughts. The good news is that intensive early intervention has been proven to help children overcome these difficulties and learn to speak more clearly!

Your donation will help me get the training I need to help children with apraxia and other speech production disorders find their voices!

Ms. Russo
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Component Company Total
Activity The PROMPT Institute $875.00

Trip cost

$875.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$13.12

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$918.12

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$162.02

Total project goal

$1,080.14

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,080.14

24 Donors

-$879.56

Donations toward project cost

-$782.13

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$97.43

match offer

-$160.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$136.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$40.59

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$0.00

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