Overcoming Learning Difficulties
Overcoming Learning Difficulties 

Fast ForWord Series of Programmes

What is Fast ForWord?

It is a series of computer-delivered brain fitness exercises designed to produce dramatic language and reading improvements in a variety of student populations by improving memory, attention and processing skills. The Fast ForWord products support existing curriculum—they don't replace it.  When students process more efficiently, every other instructional strategy works better. Students can achieve a one-to-two year gain in reading skills in 8 - 12 weeks.

 

 

The Fast ForWord programmes are a proven, evidence-based digital solution that can easily be used at home to rapidly accelerate learning and improve reading and learning skills.  

 

Practice makes permanent - brains need repeated and intentional practice to master skills and build long-lasting neural pathways. Evidence-based technology like the Fast Forword programmes can provide the necessary practice opportunities, especially for struggling readers.

 

The Fast ForWord software provides targeted and rigorous practice that sharpens any learner's reading skills, whether they are below, at, or above grade level. 

 

What changes might you see after your child starts working on Fast ForWord products?

  • Increased self-esteem 
  • A new excitement towards learning 
  • Better listening and communication skills 
  • Improved ability to follow directions 
  • Improved reading abilities
  • Better academic performance

 

What can you do to help? 

  • Ensure that your child has good attendance. Success with Fast ForWord requires consistent effort. 
  • Make sure your child knows that you value his/her participation in the programme.   Acknowledge their successes!
  • Meet with your child’s teacher to discuss improvements at school.

 

Fast ForWord Foundations I Characters

 

 

How it works

The Fast ForWord Foundations I component consists of seven exercises: three sound exercises and four word exercises. The exercises work together to help develop the understanding of basic speech sounds as well as the fundamental cognitive skills essential for learning and reading. 

Sound exercises

The three sound exercises present complex auditory information in a sub-word format, such as frequency sweeps and syllables. In some instances, the speech sounds have been digitally generated using patented methods (including selective intensity increases and duration extensions) to provide enhanced learning opportunities. 

Sky Gym

Moon Ranch

Hoop Nut

Word exercises

The four word exercises present words, either in isolation or within sentences, with various levels of linguistic complexity. In some instances, the speech sounds have been digitally altered using patented methods (including selective intensity increases and duration extensions) to provide enhanced learning opportunities.

Whalien Match

Robo-Dog

Ele-Bot

Space Commander

Each exercise includes the following features:

  • Startup animation 
  • Introductions and instructions 
  • Motivations 
  • Interventions 

Differences between Foundations I and Foundations II

Completing exercises - In Foundations I, completed exercises never open after 100% completion, so students near the end of their training may spend an entire session working on one or two exercises. In Foundations II, completed exercises can reopen after 100% completion, which provides more variety as the student nears the end of the component.

Points - In all Foundations I exercises, and a few of the Foundations II exercises, the score adds the points earned in a trial as the next trial begins. In other Foundations II exercises, the score adds points before the next trial begins. Also, Foundations I often awards bonus points without much fanfare. Foundations II heralds bonus points by flashing the score numbers and playing a sound effect.

Fast ForWord Foundations II Characters

 

How it works

The Fast ForWord Foundations II component consists of five exercises: one sound exercise and four word exercises. The exercises work together to help develop the understanding of basic speech sounds as well as the fundamental cognitive skills essential for learning and reading.

Results are seen in reading and learning. Fast ForWord strengthens both cognitive and fundamental reading and language skills.

Fast ForWord offers computer software programmes designed to help those with language based learning difficulties:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger's Syndrome

Reading & Language skills strengthened by Fast ForWord:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Sound-letter association
  • Decoding
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Syntax
  • Comprehension
  • Grammatical structures
  • Passage comprehension
  • Reading fluency

Fast ForWord is based on neuroscience research which tells us:

  1. Brains can be trained to re-structure (re-wire)
  2. "Brain Plasticity" is the ability of the brain to change through experience and learning
  3. For the brain to "re-wire", certain conditions must be met, these conditions or "learning principles" have been identified as repetition, adapting to a person’s skill level, motivation and immediate feedback
  4. The brain of a struggling reader differs from the brain of a good reader – this has nothing to do with one’s intelligence
  5. Brain imaging studies show which areas of the brain activate in normal and struggling readers
  6. In struggling readers, critical areas of the brain used for reading are not activated as they are with good readers

Fast ForWord Features

  1. Intensive – 5 days/week (until completion, approximately 6 months)
  2. Continually adapts to each individual student’s learning needs
  3. Integrates learning with fun, interactive computer games
  4. Quick, lasting learning gains

Fast ForWord is recommended by speech and language therapists, education psychologists, teachers, medical practitioners, parents, university researchers, neuroscientists, and audiologists.

Located at:

 

Raviv Scotland
High Street

Earlston

Scottish Borders

TD4 6HQ

Contact Details:

If you have any queries or to arrange a consultation:

 

+44 7711 623605

k.wexelstein1@gmail.com

 

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