Because of COVID-19, we are currently only offering Fast ForWord as a DISTANCE PROGRAM. See: Program pricing, support, and more information.
Fast ForWord is a family of 10 online computer programs designed by neuroscientists. These programs are designed to improve the learning, language, and reading abilities of school-aged children. Fast ForWord is an ideal tool for kids who are struggling in school, including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, reading struggles, ADD or ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and cognitive deficits. Scope and Sequence Guide.
The programs look like games. What kid doesn’t like computer games? See these demos. Contact us and we’ll be happy to set you up with interactive demos you can try for several days.
The following two videos do a great job of showing what Fast ForWord does.
As the above video explains, there are 3 steps in the process:
- The Foundation and Literacy programs target underlying memory, attention, or processing challenges
- Then the Reading programs provide intensive practice on reading skills
- Then with the Reading Assistant program, the computer listens to your child read and provides immediate feedback. Brochure
The following video shows how Fast ForWord works in the brain.
Auditory learning skills are absolutely necessary for school success
Perhaps you’ve been told that your child is a visual or kinesthetic learner, or has a different learning style. The teacher thinks this is the case because your child’s auditory (listening) and possibly attention abilities are weak. They must be strong in order to be successful in a classroom, university lecture hall, and the workforce.
How do children in a classroom learn? Through receptive language. Receptive language is “receiving” language: hearing and reading. How do they prove they learned the material? Through expressive language: speaking or writing. The Fast ForWord “games” strengthen auditory processing, receptive and expressive language, attention, and sequencing while giving a really good all-around brain workout.
Big changes won’t happen if you’re only doing the program sporadically. If you wanted to get physically fit, you couldn’t do it by sauntering around the block once in a while. It would require a goal, diligent effort, and a coach. Same thing with brain training. We recommend a minimum of 150 minutes per week, that’s five 30-minute or three 50-minutes sessions.
Real Measurable Gains
We get kids reading… and thinking… and learning! Several years of gain are possible in just a few months. And the change is permanent. Even if your child is years behind, catching up to grade level is completely possible. Call (604) 539-1386 to find out more about the gains we’ve experienced with children like yours.
Scientific Learning Corporation (now owned by Carnegie Learning)
The Fast ForWord family of products are the creation of four neuroscientists. When their work brought them together, they realized the incredible need of so many children and that they had the knowledge to enhance the lives of these struggling students. They formed Scientific Learning and began developing these incredible software programs. Read about it in The Brain That Changes Itself.
Fast ForWord at Home
The student works on the Fast ForWord programs at home with 24/7 access. Fast ForWord is on-line. Students do the programs at home while our staff monitor progress online and provide support by email and telephone. See: Distance Program
We are the Largest Provider in Canada and one of the Largest in North America
As Canada’s largest provider of Fast ForWord we can offer a number of options to suit your lifestyle and goals. We are experienced in offering the Fast ForWord family of programs, and have developed a wide range of support materials and techniques to help kids over the tough spots and keep kids motivated through their programs.
What’s Next? Phone (604) 539-1386
If you live in the Greater Vancouver area:
Call (604) 539-1386 to book an assessment to determine if Fast ForWord is the most suitable program for your child’s specific needs. It will also help determine which of the Fast ForWord products are needed and where to begin. Questions? Call us and we’ll be happy to chat on the phone about your child and what we see as the solutions. Call (604)539 -1386.
You don’t live near our Langley or Abbotsford offices:
Don’t worry if you can’t come in for an assessment as we have assessments that can be done on-line. Call 604.539-1386 to discuss your child’s situation.
All of our programs are eligible for Autism Funding in B.C.
The Reading Brain (video with great explanation of how the brain reads)
Dr. Michael Merzenich on Autism (video)
Learn about the scientists who founded Scientific Learning and developed the Fast ForWord. Dr. Michael Merzenich’s blog is fabulous: www.onthebrain.com
Watch these great videos:
- Willie Brown and Fast ForWord
- Fast ForWord Success Story: Kenny Hilliard
- Study: Dyslexic Learning Dramatically Improve Reading Skills with Fast ForWord