Treat the Source, Not Symptoms Forever
Around 90% of struggling readers are held back by one single brain skill, auditory processing, required for sounding out words accurately and automatically. The brain is plastic – auditory processing can be exercised and improved. Our reading software, Fast ForWord taps into this opportunity.
Reading is heavily dependent on a brain’s ability to process small and quick changes in sound.
What happens when a child enters the school system with a weakness in processing these changes in sound? Or with a poor vocabulary? Or comes from an impoverished home? Schools start building on top of a weak foundation. Letter names, letter sounds, phonics, etc., are layered on top of a poor sound system and weak oral language, and it catches up. Learn more …
Fast ForWord Program Is Named a Finalist for Two EdTech Cool Tool Awards
Fast ForWord® has been named a finalist for two Cool Tool Awards in The EdTech Awards 2018. Fast ForWord was recognized for the second year in a row as a finalist in the special needs solution category, and it was chosen as a finalist in the language learning solution category as well.
Now in its eighth year, the EdTech Awards recognize outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. The U.S.-based program is one of the largest and most competitive recognition programs in all of education technology, and finalists are selected from thousands of entries.
“Struggling readers’ brains don’t process sounds and words as quickly as typical learners, and English language learners’ (ELLs) brains are not prepared to process the sounds of English. The Fast ForWord program is designed to directly target these root causes of difficulty. It’s a different approach and that’s precisely why it’s so effective with so many students, including struggling readers, students with disabilities, and ELLs,” said Jeffrey D. Thomas, co-chief executive officer of Scientific Learning. “We’re honored to receive this national recognition for the Fast ForWord program and its unique approach to helping students get the help they need to catch up, once and for all.”
Fast ForWord was developed by neuroscientists and uses a unique three-step approach to deliver fast gains to struggling students. First, it prepares the brain for reading by improving the foundational language and cognitive skills that are often weak in these students. Second, it provides personalized, intensive practice on a variety of language and reading skills — more than any other approach or intervention. Third, it uses speech verification technology to support and listen to students as they read aloud, like a guided reading coach. Once these areas are addressed, students’ language, reading, and all learning improve quickly, and changes continue even after they complete the program.
- The brain of a struggling reader differs from the brain of a good reader – this 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.
Accelerate Learning in 8 Weeks
|Stanford and Harvard researchers validate impact. After 8 weeks,brain activation patterns change and reading performance improves after use of Fast ForWord Language [Temple.E.etal. (2003) Proc.Natl.AcadSci USA 100.2860-5] See complete study at www.scilearn.com|
Dyslexic Brains Can Normalize. Profound Change Is Possible.
Dyslexia is not an illness, condition or disease. It is an educational, not a medical diagnosis that defines an unexpected difficulty with reading (Shaywitz). Even though a common dyslexia trait is visual — switching of letters — around 95% of dyslexia is caused by language-related problems — listening and/or processing.
2018 Dyslexia Research and Remediation presented by Dr Martha Burns
Fast ForWord is an Effective and Proven Intervention for Dyslexia
One in 10 people has dyslexia. On average, children with dyslexia aren’t diagnosed until the third grade, after falling behind their peers. The Donegan Burns Foundation is an organization that helps schools, afterschool programs and children’s organizations provide appropriate instruction to prevent and close these gaps. The foundation has selected the Fast ForWord program.
Willie Brown: From Severe Dyslexia to College Student
When Willie Brown was 15, he was reading at a 1st grade level. After years of testing resulting in a diagnosis of severe dyslexia, he found an inspirational teacher who assigned him to work on the Fast ForWord program and his life changed forever.
It is now established science that the brain is plastic — it can rewire. This is not new information. Dr. Norman Doidge calls brain plasticity the most meaningful scientific discovery of the last fifty years. Help for dyslexia by tapping into this neuroplasticity — to strengthen processing and other cognitive skills needed for reading and learning — is now a reality.
Study shows Dyslexic Learners Dramatically Improve Reading Skills with Fast ForWord