Fast ForWord® for Reading & Language Intervention
Fast ForWord® is a series of online reading intervention programs for struggling readers and those reading below grade level. Each “program develops and strengthens memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing—the cognitive skills essential for reading intervention program success. The strengthening of these skills results in a wide range of improved critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding, working memory, syntax, grammar, and other skills necessary to learn how to read or to become a better reader.” (taken from Scientific Learning’s website)
Fast ForWord® programs are based upon current research about brain plasticity and learning. They strengthen key pathways in the brain that help the student learn. Optimal gains are made when the student works with the appropriate Fast ForWord® program for a specified amount of time, five days a week, for 4-8 weeks. Intensive work with Fast ForWord® has been shown to raise a student’s language and/or reading skill level up to 1-2 years in as little as three months.
Instruction is individualized. Each student initially is placed at the correct starting level based upon the speech-language pathologist’s recommendation. The learning path through the program is then individualized for each student based upon their every response. The speech-language pathologist monitors each student’s progress, intervening when necessary.
Because Fast ForWord® is internet-based, the program can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Students can log-on for their session from home, therapist’s office, or anywhere else they have computer and internet availability. It can be done before or after school and even over the summer.
If you or your child are having difficulty with reading or critical language skills, call SpeechCare (717) 569-8972 to learn more about Fast ForWord®.