At Accomplished Learning Centre we offer Fast ForWord in three options:
- In our office in downtown Langley (Open noon to 8 pm weekdays)
- A combination of your home and our office
- Distance Program, if you can’t come to us at all
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. FFW_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
At Accomplished Learning Centre, we’ve added a fourth step between Steps 1 and 2. This fourth step is the addition of personal instruction in explicit/synthetic phonics. This additional step has enabled us to get even bigger, faster results than we were getting previously, and even with the most challenging learning/reading barriers.
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 30-50 minutes, three to five times per week. At Accomplished Learning Centre, if possible we really stress 50 minute sessions, five times per week. Your child will accomplished better results in half the time compared to the 30-minute option.
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
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.
Three Options for Doing Fast ForWord
1. Fast ForWord at Accomplished Learning Centre
The student works on Fast ForWord in the computer lab in our Langley office. For most kids this is the best alternative. It is usually easier for us to keep your child on task in our environment than for you to do it in your home. Here the kids are available for one-on-one reading, support, and assessments. Not only are they pre- and post-tested, but additional assessments can be done as needed so that we can fine-tune their programs to their needs.
Incentives are an important part of keeping anyone motivated (you wouldn’t go to work if there wasn’t a paycheque every week or two). Our incentives include:
- A treasure chest full of dollar-store items that kids love to get! These include marbles, cars, whoopie cushions (come on, they’re fun!), jewellery, and other things worth working for.
- A weekly contest. Kids earn entry forms by getting levels, beating high scores, or putting in extra effort (in measurable ways).
- A giant-sized treasure chest with bigger prizes including footballs, board games, stuffed animals, and more. Each week several kids win trips to this chest.
- And more! We have stickers, pencils, tattoos, and many more small items that the children receive for effort, attitude, and accomplishments.
2. Fast ForWord On-Site/Off-Site Combination
This is the most popular method for people in the Lower Mainland outside of Langley or Surrey, or when scheduling is especially difficult. The student does Fast ForWord at home some of the time and attends sessions at ALC sometimes. Students have access to pre- and post-testing, and additional assessments and resources as needed. Children in Langley or Surrey might come to us once or twice a week whereas kids from Burnaby, Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack, might come every other week.
3. Fast ForWord Off-Site
Fast ForWord is now on-line. Students do the programs at home while our staff monitor daily progress over the internet and provide support by email and telephone. This is most suitable for people who are too far away to ever attend the learning centre in person, or if family schedules make regular attendance difficult. 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 to children and adults, those we see regularly in our computer lab, or those we never meet face-to-face. We’ve developed a wide range of support materials and techniques to help kids over the tough spots and keep them motivated throughout 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 office:
Don’t worry if you can’t come in for an assessment. We even have assessments that can be done on-line. Call Lisa or Ross at 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