What is a physical prompt?
The physical prompt is an example of the most prompting you would do to direct a learner’s behaviour. Physical prompting is physically guiding your child by holding their body in the direction of where you want them to go, moving them there if necessary. So as your baby reaches to touch something they shouldn’t, respond by physically redirecting them while saying something like ‘no thank you’, and then praise him or her once baby has moved away from the item and is playing appropriately with something else. Continue to tell your baby ‘no thank you’ each time he or she does this, and physically redirect if he or she doesn’t immediately turn to something else.
The next step would be a partial prompt where the degree of prompting you might do would be less. This could be with a physical movement so instead of moving them completing away you would just turn them away.
You might also use a partial prompt in teaching new words. For example to teach the word apple you would start by saying the full word ‘apple’ until they are saying it correctly and then reduce the degree of your prompt by just saying ‘app’ and allowing them to finish the rest