Fast ForWord is a neuroscience program that builds the brain’s learning capacity, making learning easier and faster.
Fast ForWord automates and strengthens the brain the same way a fit athlete builds muscle memory, through repetition. Each day the child is prompted to answer hundreds of increasingly more difficult exercises in quick succession, using the scientifically-based neuroscience principle of brain plasticity.
Results are seen in reading and learning because Fast ForWord strengthens both Cognitive Skills and fundamental Reading & Language Skills.
Cognitive skills strengthened by Fast ForWord:
- Memory – working, short-term and long-term memory which are essential for word recognition, comprehension and remembering instructions.
- Attention – the ability to focus on information and tasks and ignore distractions.
- Processing Speed – the rate at which we are able to process incoming information. For reading, this is how quickly one can distinguish speech sounds and identify letters and words to create meaning.
- Sequencing – the ability to determine the order of letters within words or words within sentences.
Reading & Language skills strengthened by Fast ForWord:
- Phonemic awareness
- Sound-letter association
- Grammatical structures
- Passage comprehension
- Reading fluency
Fast ForWord is based on neuroscience research which tells us:
- Brains can be trained to re-structure (re-wire). Brain Plasticity is the ability of the brain to change through experience & learning.
- For the brain to re-wire, certain conditions must be met. These conditions or learning principles have been identified as repetition, adaptivity to a person’s skill level, motivation, and immediate feedback.
- The brain of a struggling reader differs from the brain of a good reader, which has nothing to do with one’s intelligence. Brain imaging studies show which areas of the brain activate in normal and struggling readers. In struggling readers, critical areas of the brain used for reading are not activated as they are with good readers.
Fast ForWord Features
- Intensive 5 days/week (until completion)
- Continually adapts to each individual’s learning needs
- Interactive computer games makes learning fun
- Quick, lasting learning gains
- Recommended by speech and language therapists, educational therapists, neuropsychologists, teachers, medical practitioners, parents, university researchers, neuroscientists, and audiologists.