Word Prompt Programs: Current Uses and Future Possibilities

Lisa A. Wood, Joan L. Rankin, David R. Beukelman

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Word prompt programs are computer software programs or program features that are used in addition to basic word processing. These programs provide word lists from which a user selects a desired word and inserts it into a line of text. This software is used to support individuals with severe speech, physical, and learning disabilities. This tutorial describes the features of a variety of word prompt programs and reviews the current literature on the use of these programs by people with oral and written language needs. In addition, a matrix that identifies the features contained in eight sample word prompt programs is provided. The descriptions of features and the matrix are designed to assist speech-language pathologists and teachers in evaluating and selecting word prompt programs to support their clients' oral and written communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1997


  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Learning disability
  • Literacy
  • Word prediction
  • Word prompt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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